Last week Aberdeen City Council overturned the decision of its own planning committee and approved the Woodside development. The proposal attracted 4,000 letters of objection and a 6,000-name petition, but councillors decided that these were outweighed by the need to attract jobs to the city.
Planning convener Scott Cassie said that refusal of the plan would send a shocking message to the business world. "The consequences of refusal would have had a serious effect on inward investment," he added. Local residents pledged to take legal advice about seeking a public inquiry.