A north-east quarry has been given approval to continue its operations until 2026.
Leiths had applied to Aberdeenshire Council to extend its extraction operation at Nether Park quarry near Crathes.
The firm had originally applied for a 10-year extension in 2016, and approval was granted this week.
It means the company will carry on with sand and gravel extraction on its site beside the A93 Aberdeen to Ballater road.
The proposal was approved conditionally by Aberdeenshire Council officials.
One of the conditions in place is for a working group to be established.
In its decision notice Robert Gray, head of planning and building standards for Aberdeenshire Council, said: “For the duration of the development, in response to a request from the planning authority, which shall generally be no more than twice per calendar year, the developer shall participate in the meetings of a liaison committee established by the planning authority to consider planning issues arising during the course of the development and to review compliance with the terms of this permission.
“The liaison committee shall comprise two representatives each from the planning authority, the Crathes, Drumoak and Durris Community Council and the developers and shall be shared with a representative from the planning authority.”
Sepa and Scottish Natural Heritage who were consulted by the council on the application had no objections to the plans.
No letters of support or objections were submitted to the council by members of the public.
Mr Gray added: “The proposed extension will not exacerbate existing landscape of existing quarry operations and is not expected to have any detrimental impact on residential amenity.”