Work could start this year on a £150 million North-east development if it wins full council approval.
Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Formartine area committee have been asked for their views on the plans at Blackdog which include a new town centre, hotel and cinema.
Submitted over two separate applications, councillors backed both unanimously for approval by the full council.
The first plans are for a new town centre which would include a six screen cinema, a 150-bedroom hotel, regional food hall and park and ride facilities.
It also has 550 homes – 150 of which would be affordable – to accommodate around 2,100 residents.
If approved the development would create 1,200 jobs during construction and 1,500 full-time jobs in the longer term once completed.
In a debate that lasted for almost an hour, councillors heard about developers Ashfield Land and housebuilder Kirkwood Homes’ proposals for the site on the outskirts of Aberdeen.
Cllr Allan Hendry said: “This project is really going to open up the area from the north and south of Aberdeenshire and I welcome this.”
Cllr Rob Merson, the Formartine area committee chairman said: “This has been a long process. I think the regional food hall is a unique selling point for the development, and have no doubts that the developer will drive the food hall forward.
“I have no problem recommending this for approval to full council like my other elected members.”
Steven McGarva of Ashfield Land said the developers were grateful for the positive recommendation.
He said: “We are pleased to receive unanimous approval from the committee and hope that Aberdeenshire Council will now approve our plans when they meet next month so that we can start to deliver the key commercial components of the Blackdog masterplan.”
Allan Rae, land director at Kirkwood Homes added: “Kirkwood Homes Ltd welcome the Formartine Area Committee decision to approve our application.
“We will now finalise infrastructure plans and bring the next phase of residential development forward following completion of the AWPR link road to Blackdog.
“We look forward to playing our part in creating a vibrant community at Blackdog as part of the Energetica vision for the area.”
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The MoD objected to the proposed development on the grounds of noise, national security, and public safety, combined with access and possible flood risk issues.
“It is still our concern that the noise caused by live-firing, which has taken place on this site for many years, will constitute a source of noise disturbance.”
Subject to planning permission being granted by full council in April, the developers plan to submit detailed design proposals in the next few months and start work on site later this year.