Homebuilders’ plans to ditch a promised path next to a wooded area in the north-east has been approved.
Scotia Homes and Barratt East Scotland had agreed to build a route through Caroline’s Well Wood in Ellon as part of its 247-house Castle Meadows development.
However, the builders had applied to Aberdeenshire Council to scrap the condition meaning it wouldn’t have to be constructed.
The proposal was aproved by Formartine area committee after being deferred from a previous meeting for discussions between developers and the council.
Residents of the development had objected to the plans claiming a path was needed to connect the area to Ellon town centre.
The Trustees of the McDonald Public Park, who take care of the woods, had refused landowners permission to construct the path in March.
The Save McDonald Park’s Caroline’s Well Wood campaign group had previously said the path would lead to the destruction of trees and an area of woodland.