The former BT depot in Moy Avenue is to be demolished to make way for new homes.
Town planners have given the green light to knock down the three storey building, currently used for storage, and redevelop the site to provide 36 homes with car parking, an access and landscaping.
The plan includes two, three and four bedroom houses with off street parking within the front gardens.
It was approved only on the condition that three of the three bedroom and two of the four bedroom houses are for social housing.
A planning spokesperson said, “The proposed houses are of a modern design incorporating a mix of roof shapes and some with dormer windows within the roof slopes to create bedroom accommodation within the roof and others incorporating gable end frontages. A total of 59 car parking spaces would be provided mostly situated within the front gardens up to the edge of the pavement.”
Neighbours living nearby objected to the plans saying it was an over development of the site, there was no sufficient infrastructure to support such a large scheme with local schools and doctors oversubscribed, insufficient parking, and an increase in traffic.
After hearing from planners that the development conformed with a policy for additional housing in Roselands and Bridgemere, councillors agreed it. The building was used as a BT engineering centre up until the mid 1990s.