Councillors agreed to re-zone the land.
99 new homes could be built on the former site of a midlands school.
Westmeath councillors have agreed to change the zoning of Our Lady’s Bower convent and boarding school site in Athlone from educational to residential.
There were no public submissions when the proposal went to consultation.
Cathaoirleach Frankie Keena is welcoming the decision to amend the County Development Plan: