Demolition work could start this summer to make way for a new housing development for nurses and doctors in Aberdeen.
Grampian Housing Association lodged plans to create more than 100 homes on the former nurses’ accommodation complex at Foresterhill Court at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 2016.
Plans were given the go-ahead in October of that year for 101 homes but a legal agreement has now been signed, meaning demolition work can soon get under way on the site.
A Grampian Housing Association spokeswoman said: “The development is strategically well placed to help key workers in the NHS and other public sector organisations secure high quality affordable homes.
“Demolition work on the site could start in summer 2018.”
City council planners granted the final legal agreement late last month.
In their decision notice they stated the proposal would allow the council to support affordable accommodation.
The housing developer had originally applied for 110 homes on the site.
Planning officers had urged councillors to reject the application at the time, as it would have resulted in the loss of open space and trees.
It was suggested that one of the accommodation blocks was removed by the local authority to maintain green space, but the developer indicated it did not want to alter plans.
Elected members decided to disregard council officials’ advice and unanimously approved the proposals with conditions for 101 homes.
NHS Grampian has previously said housing costs had been a stumbling block in recruiting and retaining staff.
The properties would be allocated to key workers for NHS Grampian as first preference and would then be opened up to Police Scotland and city council staff.
If any of the properties were vacant for a period of two weeks, then the accommodation could be let at mid-market rent to non-key workers.