The centrepiece of the St Paul's Place redevelopment, the redesigned £35 million skyscraper for the City Lofts Group, will become the city's tallest building.
Back in July, Sheffield council decided to turn down a similar scheme for a 33-storey tower because of fears about its impact on the city-centre conservation area (ajplus 25.07.05).
However, on Monday (17 October), the city's planning committee finally gave the green light to the controversial scheme, that will also feature a 10-storey stone building, a rooftop garden and a new lift and stairwell for pedestrians walking from the nearby station.
Practice director Paul Zara said: 'It was a very important decision for Sheffield and we obviously think they've made the right one.
'It is a complex, crafted building, using unfamiliar materials and of a quality more associated with civic rather than commercial buildings.'
He added: 'We hope people will grow to love it, though we are aware that its scale has made it a little hard for some to take on board.'
Work is expected to start on site in April next year and is due to finish before the end of 2008.