A long-running row over security cameras which has held up a £2m nightclub, bar and restaurant development has finally been settled.
London-based St James Capital can now press ahead with converting the former post office in Sunderland city centre (pictured).
The company bought the Edwardian Grade II listed building, which contains four storeys and measures 25,000sq ft, two years ago.
But planning permission has been delayed for nearly a year due to a row with Northumbria Police.
They wanted the company to pay £58,000 plus running costs for two CCTV cameras.
But St James Capital were only willing to pay a maximum of £18,000, having originally offered £13,500.
Now the two sides have reached a settlement, although the figure has been kept secret.
Simon Conway, of St James Capital, said: "We've reached an agreement, although we're disappointed it's taken so long. It's going to take another three to 12 months to complete. It's a big building and there's plenty to do, so we'd like to get on with this."
The building, which has stood empty for four years, is regarded as being in a prime site in the city centre.
The company wants to convert the building into a bar, brasserie and restaurant with a basement nightclub and a late-night bar.
Leisure development on hold over CCTV row (16 November 2001)