Proposals that will see a former bank turned into a restaurant and takeaway in a north-east town could be approved next week.
Plans have been submitted for a change of use to the Royal Bank of Scotland building on Market Square in Stonehaven.
RBS closed the branch in the town in October last year, blaming the change in people’s banking habits.
In April restaurant plans were submitted to Aberdeenshire Council by Bennett Developments on behalf of owner Sava Estates.
It is not known which firm will be moving into the premises.
Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee are due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the plans, which have been recommended for approval.
Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services for Aberdeenshire Council, said: “The supporting documentation has been assessed as to the likely effects of amenity issues arising due to the proposed development on the neighbouring properties.
“It has been demonstrated that the catering equipment to be installed will be of a high standard, the proposed use of the ground and first floor of the building would bring the vacant building back into use and it will improve the mixed commercial offering within the Stonehaven town centre settlement.
“There would be no impact to the character and amenity of the surrounding area and conservation area and the visual appearance of the building will not be significantly impacted with the addition of a flue on the rear elevation.”