A new business park has finally been approved for a North-east community after debates over a Travellers’ site threatened to derail the plans.
The proposals, which would include offices, storage space and a hotel, are earmarked for a site at Balmacassie, west of Ellon.
The development was previously discussed by full council last month, but was deferred due to confusion over a neighbouring Travellers’ camp which is also planned for the site.
It emerged during the last meeting that planners had struck a deal to include a temporary camp which would be built, demolished and moved several times during the site’s construction.
However, after councillors deferred their decision, the authority went back to the negotiating table with property agent Knight Frank, acting on the behalf of applicant Susan Davidson.
Councillors welcomed the progress with the proposal and approved the scheme.