Plans for the north-east’s first soft play area for children with additional support needs could be approved tomorrow.
Charity BECS (Because Everyone Counts) is looking to create the facility at Burghmuir Circle in Inverurie.
Councillors from Aberdeenshire Council’s Garioch area committee will discuss the application at its meeting tomorrow.
Planning officers have recommended the proposals be approved.
A sensory room will also be created for children with additional support needs.
The charity’s founder Becky Mennie, 31, who is mum to three-year-old Mason, said the play centre would make a huge difference to families in Inverurie.
Last year she set up a fundraising campaign to generate £71,000 to make the soft play area a reality. She is just £15,000 off her target.
Becky, pictured, said: “What we are bringing to the local community is innovative and unique. The local businesses in Inverurie have been fantastic with their support.
“I’m hoping the council will support our planning application.”
Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services at Aberdeenshire Council, said in a report: “The proposed change of use will provide inclusive play space for children from the local community. The inclusive soft play centre would offer adapted play to allow those with additional support needs to integrate with mainstream children.
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“A separate sensory room will be available for use by children with limited communication and sensory disorders. The proposed change will have no impact on the outward appearance of the building as no external alterations are to be made.
“Internally alterations will be limited to the removal of a small section of partition wall, and the replacement of existing kitchen units in the kitchen and sanitary ware in the toilet.
“Parking is allocated immediately outside the building and six spaces are provided, allowing for two spaces for staff, and four available for dropping-off and picking-up.”
One letter of objection claimed the application could create traffic congestion.