An application to redevelop Harlequins Shopping Centre in Exeter will not be decided by the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government.
Curlew intends to redevelop the largely vacant centre and its environs.
The proposal is to demolish the shopping centre, with the exception of unit one, and develop two buildings on the site more or less on the same footprint, while retaining the vehicle ramp to the Guildhall car park and replacing the footbridge across Paul Street.
Exeter City Council approved plans to turn the centre into co-living apartments, along with a hotel and other facilities, back in October.
However, requests were then made to the government calling on housing secretary Robert Jenrick to make the final decision because of the impact on the historic environment.