Plans for four supermarkets in a town could all be shelved after planners recommended their refusal.
Four separate developers have sites earmarked for a large supermarket development in Stonehaven.
Kincardine and Mearns area committee will discuss the applications at a meeting next Tuesday before making a recommendation to Aberdeenshire Council.
Drum Property Group and Barratt North Scotland are proposing to build 500 homes and a supermarket at the Mill of Forest. Stewart Milne has lodged plans to build 250 homes and a large supermarket at the Mains of Cowie.
In a separate application, FM Ury Limited has applied to build a 3,750 sqm supermarket, 50 bedroom hotel and restaurant on the Ury Estate.
The developer is also behind the scheme for an £80 million Jack Nicklaus Championship Golf Course on the historic grounds. And the Sluie Estate Trust is proposing to build a supermarket and petrol station on its site at the New Mains of Ury.
Planners said each of the proposals would have a negative impact on the town centre.
In each of the planning reports to councillors it states: “The proposal will result in a significant adverse retail impact on both shops in Stonehaven town centre, and the existing Co-op on David Street and the scale of adverse retail impact will undermine the vitality and viability of the town centre.”
It adds: “The proposed development is located outwith the settlement of Stonehaven within the countryside.
“The proposal is not designed alongside or ancillary to a new or existing tourist attraction or recreation facility, nor is it the expansion or intensification of an existing retail use in the countryside.”
Planners said there was no infrastructure for primary school education to accommodate pupils from the developments that included housing and they would affect the local development plan.