THE Hook Street housing development passed its final hurdle last night, when the design of the 73 homes to be built scraped through planning committee.

Permission for the development had granted by the Planning Inspector last year, despite being rejected by the council.

This final stage was for Persimmon Homes, the developer, to agree how the homes would look once they had been built, known as Reserved Matters.

Opposition to the plans was put forward by a number of councillors and pressure groups, including the Lydiard Fields Action Group and Friends of Lydiard Park, but the proposal just passed with the chairman having the deciding vote following a tie.

Council officers had recommended the Reserved Matters were passed, so that was the decision the chairman went with.