A controversial new bridge over the Thames tonight cleared a major planning hurdle when councillors in Westminster approved the project.
The £175m 'Garden Bridge' was designed by Thomas Heatherwick based on an idea from Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley.
Planning officers warned councillors the tree-lined river crossing could wreck historic views of London and the river.
The project has attracted fierce opposition from some residents' groups and businesses on both sides of the Thames.
But members of a council planning committee gave the bridge the go-ahead at a packed meeting inside Westminster City Hall.
This is something that is iconic and absolutely unique, and will be recognised right across the world.I understand the concerns about potential loss of views, but there is no doubting that this bridge will bring substantial and significant benefits to London.
The government and the mayor have each pledged £30m towards the cost of the bridge.