Plans to demolish three 1970s office blocks in the heart of a conservation area and replace them with town houses and flats have been approved.
But residents in Highfield Gardens, Edgbaston, claimed one of the planned apartment blocks, to be built on an attached car park, was too large and would spoil their views and open space.
Neighbour Neil Upton said: "It is a fact that, when we look out, we see an open space not a three-storey block of flats."
But councillors ruled the cluster of seven houses and two apartment blocks, to be bulit by Taylor Wimpey Midlands, were much more suitable than the old empty offices.
Coun Barry Henley (Lab Brandwood), who chairs the council's conservation panel, said: "Demolishing these offices will enhance the conservation area and building these houses will preserve it."
He was backed by Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Con Weoley) who added: "There are few offices of this age which are of architectural merit and this is not one of them."