An industrial development will be built on green fields in Kingskerswell after plans were approved by the narrowest of margins at the second time of asking.
The casting vote of the chairman was required to approve the plans for a new employment development to be built on land off Old Newton Road, that once was the Galliford Try offices during the construction of the new South Devon Highway.
But Teignbridge District Council planning committee chairman Mike Haines chose to pass his deciding vote over to vice-chairman Councillor Lin Goodman-Bradbury after declaring a conflict of interest between his role on the district council and his chairmanship of the parish council.
Tuesday's meeting had seen the committee initially vote 8-7 against approving the application. But with councillors struggling to find a reason for refusal that the planning officers felt was justified or could be defended at appeal, a second bid to approve the application was put forwarded and seconded.
With the vote tied at 7-7, it was eventually approved on Ms Goodman-Bradbury’s casting vote.