A review into an Aberdeen road network could see some homes saved from compulsory purchase orders.
Aberdeen City Council’s officers are reinvestigating which properties will be affected by the Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme.
The review could mean some at-risk properties are no longer subject to CPOs, which would also mean savings for the city council.
Finance convener Willie Young said: “There may be some in the designs that were at risk of being part of the CPO programme which will no longer be.
“It could save the council money in property costs.”
Additional legal advice is being taken by the local authority as part of the scheme.
It means there will be a delay to the timeframe during which property owners are to be notified of CPOs being enforced.
The review was put together so the council could find out who owns the premises which are set to affected by the £22 million project.
Cllr Young added: “What we’re doing is getting all that information so when we go out to get CPOs we know it’s absolutely right.
“It’s just a slight delay in getting legal documents to people affected by CPOs.
“Imagine I was giving you a CPO that said ‘we want to CPO your house’ and you say ‘ I don’t even own this house – I’m just renting’.
“We just need to find out who actually owns each piece of land.”
Cllr Young could not put a timeframe on when the review would be completed but said work was ongoing.
The project will see a dual carriageway created by widening the existing roads.
Junction improvements will be made from Skene Square to Ashgrove Road and a new dual carriageway built from Ashgrove Road to the St Machar Drive roundabout.
Work is scheduled to finish in 2020 and the latest review is not expected to impact on that timetable.
A number of properties have already been bought over by the local authority as part of the scheme.