Plans for an operation depot to maintain the Aberdeen bypass once it is fully open have been approved.
Halliday Fraser Munro had applied for the facility beside the new route at Chapel of Stoneywood on behalf of Balfour Beatty, a contractor on the road.
Aberdeen City Council approved the depot, which would be used for the future maintenance of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) when it opens in the autumn.
Included in the depot would be a central building to be used as an office and meeting room, storage area and parking and fuelling facility for vehicles including five gritters.
According to council papers, 16 car parking spaces will be provided along with a road to the depot.
In a decision notice it said: “The area is identified in the local development plan as being land safeguarded in association to the AWPR and that development not related to this will be refused.”
It adds: “In this regard it is clear the proposal is related to the future operation and maintenance of the AWPR.
“The proposal would support improved connectivity via modern transportation infrastructure provision in the Aberdeen region, resulting in economic benefits.”
The first main section of the bypass opened to drivers at the end of last month.
The northern leg between the Parkhill and Blackdog junctions, which spans four miles, is the first stretch of the main bypass which has opened to traffic.
The new road provides links between Dyce, Bridge of Don and the A947 Aberdeen to Banff road, as well as the B977 and B999.
Transport Scotland previously said the bypass will reduce traffic in Aberdeen between Charleston and Blackdog on the existing A90 by 30%.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We are aware that Aberdeen Roads Ltd’s operations and maintenance contractor has submitted a planning application to Aberdeen City Council for the AWPR operation and maintenance depot and permission has been conditionally granted.”