The presence of bats, otters and ancient woodland has seen council planning chiefs recommend refusal of proposals for a North-east housing development.
Developer Jason Western, from Mintlaw, wants to build nine new homes on vacant land at Toux near Fetterangus but has seen his plan beset by concerns over roads, wildlife and drainage.
The Buchan area committee deferred consideration of the application in January to afford the applicant further time to address such issues.
A new route would have to be built to provide access to three of the buildings, while councillors are also worried the homes could impact on two protected species and woods that date back to the 19th century.
Council infrastructure chief Stephen Archer said: “An ecological survey is required to demonstrate that there will not be an effect upon protected species. It is noted that the new proposed access would require the undertaking of a bat and otter survey. “A bat survey cannot be undertaken until late spring.”
The Buchan area committee is set to meet in Peterhead on Tuesday.