Plans for a £16m hotel development in Sunderland, which it is promised will bring 130 jobs to the city, have been approved by councillors.
The 120-room Holiday Inn is proposed for Keel Square.
City councillors backed the plans despite opposition from Sunderland Civic Society and some nearby businesses concerned about potential noise issues.
Planning officers said the development would be covered by a construction management plan which would work to minimise disruption.
Development control sub-committee chairman Phil Tye said: “It’s important that we welcome a new development into the city centre but it’s also important that we respect our tenants, business owners and the business adjacent to the site.”
Sunderland Airshow set to take off
Thousands of people are expected to watch the start of the Sunderland International Airshow this evening.
The event, in its 31st year, is billed as the biggest free airshow in Europe.
Normally the Red Arrows top the bill but this year the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team will have the honour of performing a display on every day of the weekend-long event.
Along with excitement in the sky there will also be entertainment on the ground from muscians, DJs and even a bubbleologist.