A new two-storey McDonald’s drive-thru has been given the go-ahead.
The Portlethen Retail Park will now see the fast food giant’s new premises built on part of the site.
Asda had submitted plans to develop the supermarket with the addition of the McDonald’s, a new six-pump petrol station and click-and-collect lockers.
Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns area committee discussed the proposals at Viewmount, in Stonehaven, yesterday.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman had previously said the eatery would create 65 full and part-time jobs.
Councillor Colin Pike had moved to accept officer recommendations of a delegated grant for the McDonald’s – meaning planning officials at Aberdeenshire Council have been given the power to officially sign-off finalised proposals subject to planning conditions being agreed.
Portlethen and District Community Council had raised concerns about pedestrian safety at the site with an increase in people visiting.
Mr Pike said: “I think it is important the concerns of the community council are addressed in any planning conditions.
“What we have also seen is there hasn’t been any major objections from members of the public and I am happy to support the officer’s recommendation of a delegated grant.”
Councillors Alison Evison and Ian Mollison also agreed with their North Kincardine colleague.
Ms Evison said: “I believe we can address the issues of the community council via planning conditions and I think the report in front of us addresses those issues.”
The project would mean removing 80 parking spaces at the Asda site.
The area is currently served by a number of food establishments including Domino’s, Ashvale and Subway.
Concerns had been raised by the nearby Matalan that the drive-thru would lead to an increase in litter and anti-social behaviour.
An Asda spokesman said: “We’re delighted with the decision by the Kincardine and Mearns area committee and look forward to investing further in Portlethen.”