Developers will now be allowed to build 65 flats on the site of West Herts College in Kings Langley, after an inspector overruled the district council.
Bellway Homes will demolish the existing college building and build the new flats, despite concerns about the plans being “overly dominant” and without sufficient parking.
Three Rivers District Council granted outline planning permission to the development in 2019, but voted 8-3 to reject the developers’ final plans in February 2021.
Council officers acknowledged the 72 parking spaces provided would have been a shortfall of 53 spaces.
The Kings Langley students and staff have moved to a state-of-the-art campus in Hemel Hempstead last year.