Minoan Group has taken a further step towards creating a €250 million resort in Crete.

The Scottish travel and leisure group has long-term plans to develop up to 2,000 beds across a series of small to medium-sized hotels on the northeastern coast of the Greek island.

The company confirmed today that the regional government of Crete had voted in favour of a strategic environmental assessment for the project.

The council meeting was attended by 44 members, of whom 38 voted in favour, with three abstentions.

The vote was also strongly supported by 21 professional unions, including various hotel and commercial unions from the local Lasithi region, who welcomed the investment to the area.

The regional government made its decision based on certain conditions, none of which are “incompatible” with the planned development, Minoan said.

Company chairman Christopher Egleton said: “Having seen the detail of the regional government’s decision, I remain delighted with the overwhelming support the project has received.

I now look forward with confidence to the presidential decree being issued.”

Six Senses Resorts and Spas intends to join the project and operate one of two flagship hotels.