The go-ahead has been given for the creation of a 24-bed hotel on the Arbroath gateway Seaforth site ravaged by fire more than a decade ago.
National chain Marston’s has received delegated approval from Angus Council for revised plans submitted to the authority earlier this year, and hopes are high that work will get under way as soon as possible.
Its plans for the A92 Dundee Road site close to Arbroath FC’s Gayfield Park feature a hotel and 150-cover restaurant in the same building after proposals for two separate buildings were redrawn.
In a newly-issued approval, Angus officials said the hotel project had the potential to make a positive contribution to the local economy.
Community leaders have said they hope the addition of much-needed hotel beds to the town’s tourism offering will encourage more people to visit the area.
Conditions attached to the approval include matters relating to parking, landscaping and the public footpath at Queens Drive.