A public hearing is to take place into controversial plans to build three new restaurants on the outskirts of Aberdeen.
CAF Properties (SABC) has asked Aberdeen City Council for permission to build three food and drink units on land near Ardene House Veterinary Hospital at Kingswells.
Two of these units include plans for a drive-thru lane but no indication has been given as to which businesses may occupy the site.
Members of Aberdeen City Council’s planning committee unanimously agreed that a public hearing should be held into the plans.
Marie Boulton, convener of the committee, said: “We would want it to come back to committee for a decision.”
Planners suggested a public hearing be held after more than 200 objections were received.
However, 251 people have also given their support for the application, arguing it would provide much-needed amenities in the area.
It has not yet been confirmed when the hearing would be held.
Meanwhile, developers behind a planned residential development in Torry have given an update.
Aberdeen Harbour Board announced plans earlier this year to build 256 homes on a strip of land between the River Dee and South Esplanade West.
They were advised to consider the presence of bats and otters in the area after concerns were raised during a public consultation in April.
At a Torry Community Council meeting, Daniel Harrington, head of planning at NORR which is handling the project, said: “We’ve been out doing surveys during the summer for bats and otters and there’s been nothing discovered on the site. So, there are no issues there.”
Another issue raised during the consultation period was the playpark on South Esplanade, which was set to relocate to the Victoria Bridge entrance, but this will not be touched.
Mr Harrington added: “The playpark would stay as it is and we could look at an investment in the play equipment.”