Abigail Hamer and Gareth Stearn, who live in nearby Riverdene Place, had objected to the plans, saying: "We are aware of the problems previously caused by opening the gate by Whitworth Crescent, including theft and antisocial behaviour.
The developer says the flat complex will be in keeping with the nearby clock tower at the eastern side of Cobden Bridge.
people are able to stay close to friends and family in later life and this development will help make a really positive impact upon the local area."
containing one bedroom and 15 two bedrooms.
McCarthy and Stone's regional managing director Shane Paull said: "Everything we do is built around a belief Nike Free Rn Flyknit Ebay that later life can be rich, rewarding and fulfilling, which is why we're thrilled to be bringing this redundant site back into use to provide much needed housing for older local residents.
Following several years of consultation with residents and discussions with the council, the current proposal was put forward in August 2010 with the broad support of residents living in the area and council officers have now given it final approval.
new riverside walk for residents and native plant species will be used to regenerate the waterside.