IT'S been announced that developers have been granted planning permission to start work on the former Royston High School site.

Kier Property Development's plans have been accepted to build a supermarket, petrol station, health centre and more than 140 houses.

The controversial development has so far proven unpopular with residents - with more than 300 letters of objection being sent to the council.

All three Royston councillors were against the proposals, agreeing with residents that the proposals wasn't wanted or needed by the people of Royston.

"In my view, this development makes a mockery out of the term sustainable development - this is nothing of the sort," said Cllr Graham Kyte.

"Developers have got all that they asked for while the concerns of local people and local businesses have been dismissed,'' he added.

Objectors claim residents were not properly consulted about the development, with Cllr Kyte labelling the consultation process as a 'sham'.

Tom Gilman, Director of Kier Property Developments, said: "We are delighted the council has seen the merits of the scheme."

Building is expected to start in the summer and should be complete by late spring.