The £290 million King Alfred development will be granted planning permission by the slimmest of margins today, The Argus can exclusively reveal.

It emerged last night that the No and Yes votes would cancel each other out - leaving Brighton and Hove City Council planning committee chairman Leslie Hamilton to give the go-ahead for one of the most controversial developments in the city's history.

The Argus, which has had unrivalled access to the decision-making process, understands all five councillors from the controlling Labour group will back the Frank Gehry-designed seafront towers while the five opposition Tories will reject the planning application.

The Greens' one committee member will vote against while the Lib Dem is expected to back the development.

Barring any dramatic U-turns or new evidence coming to light, the way will be paved for the creation of 750 new homes, hundreds of jobs and £80 million worth of community benefits.