Cornwall Council approved plans for a controversial 1,500 home development this afternoon in a long and hotly contested meeting.
The new site will produce a bigger population than towns such as Padstow and Fowey and will change the face of Truro.
The proposals from developer Inox for a site at Langarth near Threemilestone represent the biggest plans ever put forward for the city.
The green light from councillors also means a significant step forward for plans to build a stadium for Cornwall as Inox already has outline planning permission for the sporting venue on an adjacent site.
The Inox plans also include an extension to the park-and-ride, a new school and a care home.
The vote was carried by 10-9 in a nailbiting conclusion to a meeting which saw passionate opinions from those on both sides of the debate.
Councillors opposing the development said it was too big, would cause huge traffic problems on the A390 and was not wanted by local residents.
But those for the development said it would provide much-needed housing and welcomed the investment.
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