Plans for the creation of Doncaster's civic and cultural quarter have moved a step closer after councillors' decision to back the project.
A new public square is set to be one of the first features of the scheme to be undertaken, along with a performance space, boutique hotel, pedestrianised streets and new civic offices.
Landscaping for the public square is set for 2008-2010. Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council has assured residents that most of the trees will be retained.
The redevelopment in the Waterdale area of the city is designed to improve the urban environment and increase investment in the area.
The 10ha civic and cultural quarter will also include leisure developments, a swimming pool, new library and renovated bus station.
Mayor Martin Winter said: "These are truly exciting times for our town as we embark on a flagship development that will transform Doncaster into a leading cultural, leisure and business location."