Plans for BrewDog to add to its north-east brewery could be given the go-ahead next week.
The craft beer giant is seeking permission from Aberdeenshire Council to build a wastewater tank at its site at Balmacassie Commercial Park in Ellon.
Members of Formartine area committee will discuss the plans on Tuesday at its latest monthly meeting.
Planning officers have recommended the proposals are given approval.
Councillors were due to make a decision on the beer company’s plans at a previous meeting in November but it was deferred so members could get more information.
If approved, it would see an 11 metre wastewater tank added to the south-east corner of the brewery next to an existing tank.
In a report to councillors, Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services, said: “The proposed development site provides a logical extension to the business operations at Balmacassie Industrial Estate.
“The application site is part of one of Ellon’s principal employment areas which facilitates BrewDog, an established brewery.
“Although the proposal is large, there is an area of bunding and proposed tree planting that, once mature, will help mitigate the proposed structure.
“Although the wastewater tank is relatively large, it will not be out of character in terms of style and layout to the existing wastewater treatment tank currently on site, which is actually agricultural in nature.
“The proposed tank will not be out of keeping with the structures in the immediate vicinity of the area, namely those that currently facilitate the production at the BrewDog facility directly to the south of the site.
“The tank will provide additional capacity during bad weather events when road traffic is disrupted.
“The storage would be short term to allow the production line to continue until such time as the road conditions revert back to normal.
“It is considered that the proposal will facilitate the continuous business needs.”
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The site currently lies partly on protected land that was reserved for a new cemetery but the report added the project will “not inhibit” its delivery.
The planning service is currently considering an alternative site for a new cemetery at the nearby Auchterellon Farm.
No objections or letters of support were received by the local authority on the applications.
Conditions including a programme of landscaping have been added by the planning service if plans are approved.
Councillors meet at 9.45am on Tuesday at the Kirk Centre in Ellon.