Travelodge is set to build a 70-bed hotel on Tower Street, after Harrogate Borough Council gave the unpopular plans the green light.
Only nine of the 16 Planning Committee members attended the meeting on Tuesday afternoon, during which the application was approved by a majority vote with one abstention.
Coun Butterfield, who represents the Low Harrogate Ward, told the council: “I agree with the majority of residents that this particular hotel will put too much pressure on the neighbourhood.”
Ms Fiona Stephenson represented Robert Street residents at the meeting.
After the meeting she said: “I think the council have been swayed by clever architect-speak and plans.
“It will have a significant negative impact on residents in the area. It will change the lives of people in the community forever.”
Oxford Terrace resident Della Robours spoke out about the demolition of the UK Superbowl building which currently sits on the site.
She said: “It is a narrow one-way street. How will I access my house when the demolition work is happening?
“They say they will only have nine deliveries a week which is ridiculous for a 70-bed hotel. There will be more deliveries than that and they will block my access to my home.”
Ms Robours also criticised the council’s planning department, saying: “I saw them on their site visit this morning and they didn’t even walk the full length of the proposed building. There is only nine members here today voting on such a big decision.”
David Kendrew, who owns a business on Tower Street, said: “I’m not opposed to the site being redeveloped, but any developments shouldn’t affect the existing businesses on the street.”
There is no parking provision for the hotel, however developers have an agreement that spaces would be provided in the council’s neighbouring multi-storey car-park.
Rachel Martin, from Gregory Projects Ltd, told the meeting that concerns about the height of the building had been taken into account in the new plans, and that bay windows would prevent guests from being able to see into neighbouring buildings.