Plans for the north-east’s first soft play area for children with additional support needs have been approved.
Charity BECS (Because Everyone Counts) is looking to create the facility at Burghmuir Circle in Inverurie.
Founder Becky Mennie, 31, was delighted the proposals were given the go-ahead at the Garioch area committee.
Planning officers had recommended the application be approved.
A sensory room will also be created for children with additional support needs.
Becky, who is mum to three-year-old Mason, had said the facility would make a huge difference to families in Inverurie.
The facility has £15,000 left to raise after a fundraising campaign was set up last year to generate £71,000 to make the soft play area a reality.
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Becky said: “We’ve a small amount left to raise. We are looking for local businesses to potentially sponsor us.
“What I’m bringing to the local community is innovative and unique. It will be the first of its kind in the north-east.
“The local businesses so far have been fantastic and the support has been great.
“We need another £15,000. The highest number of children with additional support needs is in the Garioch area. There is nothing there for families.
“While there are a lot more relaxed sessions, I find personally that it is just once a month and isn’t sometimes at an appropriate time.”
Parking at the site will be outside the building with the planning application stating there would be six spaces. Two parking spots would be used for staff and another four available for those dropping off.
Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services at Aberdeenshire Council, said in a report: “The proposed change will have no impact on the appearance of the building.”