A bid to secure more than £700,000 to restore a historic north-east building has been turned down.
Aberdeenshire Council will now have to look at other ways to develop the Vinery building at Duff House in Banff.
The council had applied to the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) for £723,758.
A community consultation was carried out to identify possible uses for the Grade B listed glass house in the town’s Airlie Gardens.
The 19th Century building was used to grow grapes and was gifted to the town, along with the gardens it sits in, by the Duff family.
The Vinery has lain empty for a number of years.
Regeneration officers are now looking at other options.
Banff and Buchan Area Committee chairman Andy Kille said: “It is disappointing that the RCGF application has been unsuccessful on this occasion, but I am glad to see that officers will continue working on the next steps to develop the site.”
The preferred use identified by residents was for the restored building to become a community garden and horticultural skills base, closely followed in votes by a community kitchen and cafe. And it was hoped it could be possible to accommodate both in the site designs.
The application met all the criteria, but the fund was oversubscribed from projects all over Scotland and the bid was unsuccessful.
Committee vice chairman Michael Roy said: “There has been a lot of valuable consultation carried out with the community, who were excited about the prospect of a development here.
“While the decision from the RCGF is disappointing, we can use this opportunity to develop our plans and explore other funding opportunities to develop this site for community use.”
The council has called for anyone who would like to be involved in shaping and exploring future options to email Naomi Mason at: firstname.lastname@example.org