Planners have narrowly backed the controversial transformation of a country estate into houses, a tourist attraction and equestrian centre.
Proposals for hundreds of homes on Fasque Estate, near Fettercairn, have been on the table since 2014.
The grounds are home to the 19th-century Fasque House.
The overall development is for 115 homes, a visitors’ centre, and a cafe and farm shop at the site off the Cairn O’ Mount road.
A separate application for an equestrian centre was also put forward to the Kincardine and Mearns committee.
The scheme was deferred twice by the committee in January to allow for a site visit, and February to allow developers to make alterations to the scheme.
Councillors had also expressed concern about the impact of some of the homes on the C-listed Bogendello House, which is situated to the North-east of the development.
The scheme was also changed to include a “tree belt” to shield the view of the new homes from Bogondello. However, David Gibbons-Wood, who owns Bogondello, claimed there had been very few changes made to the plans.
There was deadlock in the chamber which left area committee chairwoman Wendy Agnew with the deciding vote, and she backed the development.