Proposals to convert a former north-east children’s home into a block of flats have won the backing of planners.
Scalloway Park in Fraserburgh closed its doors around three years ago and has lain empty ever since.
Now officials are recommending it be resurrected as six one-bedroom flats.
Aberdeen-based Halliday Fraser Munro submitted proposals for the development on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council last year.
Council infrastructure boss Stephen Archer said the move would help address demand for housing in the town and would benefit the entire community.
He said: “The proposed development will ultimately provide greater economic and social benefits, in the form of addressing a local housing need, at a minimal environmental cost to the protected area which the application site is found within.”
However, Wendy Bond, who lives in Scalloway Park has opposed the plans.
She said: “The plans are not right for the area. This is already a troubled part of the town and it is getting worse.”