A former North-east academy could be turned into business units in a bid to strengthen a town’s economy following the oil downturn.
Planning Assist Scotland, on behalf of Laurencekirk Development Trust (LDT), has been looking at how the old Mearns Academy and playing fields could be developed.
There has been a series of community engagement events to discover what residents would like to see happen to the site.
The trust is in the process of putting together a business plan to buy the site from Aberdeenshire Council.
It was initially hoped that the school could be turned into a swimming pool, but Mike Robson of LDT, said the plans had been scaled back.
He said: “I think there has been a lot of concern about the future of the town after the black gold rush so to speak.
“There is no land in Laurencekirk for business expansion.
“There is an area marked as employment land but there is no masterplan for the site.
“If the old academy was to be used it could mean that businesses could move in quickly.
“We would look to retain the bits that require little restoration and there could be partial demolition to remove the parts that are not stable.”
Plans will also be outlined for a 25-metre swimming pool.
Mr Robson said: “It seems really difficult to justify anything grander.
“But if we put a pool adjacent to the old campus it would utilise the facilities there.”
The team will present its options for the site at a public meeting in Mearns Community Campus on Sunday at 11am.