Civic chiefs have rubber-stamped a plan that will finally see one of its buildings leased after standing empty for five years.

Avalon House, in Chesil Street, is the former Winchester City Council planning office and has been vacant since 2007.

It will now be home to Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, after planning chiefs gave permission for a change of use for the building. The trust will take on the entire building, although it is not yet able to say how many staff will work there.