Councillors this week went against the advice of their officials to grant planning permission for a high-profile Linlithgow businessman.
Demolition boss David Morton had applied for consent to build a house at Castlehill, on a site where three other agricultural buildings had once stood.
At Falkirk Council’s Planning Committee on Monday, councillors heard those buildings, which had permission to be converted to houses, had been “prematurely” demolished by the applicant in a bid to stop squatters returning.
But officials went on to recommend Mr Morton’s plan be refused due to its countryside location.
However councillors backed the plan and spoke in support of it.
Councillor John McLuckie said: “This is an application by a prominent local businessman.
“Officers had previously given planning permission for three houses, and this applicant only wants one.
“This is not a bit of rural countryside, it’s a farm steading and he’s given his reasons why he wants to live there.
Councillor Sandy Turner also spoke out in favour of Mr Morton’s proposal, saying: “I support everything Councillor McLuckie has said.
“I have no issue with this application.”