A controversial Perth pub has secured a crucial drinks licence.
Greene King, one of Britain’s biggest pub chains, has won consent for its new establishment at Broxden Business Park.
Councillors had originally rejected the plan, arguing that the site would be best reserved for new offices.
The scheme also attracted complaints from residents who claimed the proposed restaurant and coffee shop would lead to a rise in litter problems and antisocial behaviour.
However, the Suffolk-based developers secured planning permission following a successful appeal to Scottish ministers.
In its submission to government officers, Greene King said there was already an oversupply of office accommodation in and around the city.
The group stressed that the Broxden plan would create about 60 jobs and help give a boost to the local economy.
Now the company has been awarded an alcohol permit by Perth and Kinross Council’s licensing board.
Councillor Willie Wilson, who argued that the plan should be deferred for a site visit, said he was “bitterly disappointed”.
He said: “This is a pretty dismal end to what has been a terrible story throughout.
“At Broxden, we have the Harvester restaurant, which has served the public well for many years. In addition, we have a coffee shop at McDonald’s which is open 24 hours a day.
“There is no need and little support locally for this proposal.”
Greene King said that the branch would help attract future developers to the area and boost employment. It has also stressed it will take steps to keep the area free from litter.