Plans for a roadside service complex in the north-east have taken a step forward.
The proposals for a petrol station, hotel, cafe and restaurant on the outskirts of Luthermuir, near Laurencekirk, will now be decided at Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee (ISC).
Councillors at the Kincardine and Mearns area committee voted seven to five to refer the application to ISC with a recommendation for approval after a lengthy debate.
Planning officials had marked the proposal for refusal citing its location and reliance of vehicles to access the site.
Jo Robinson, regional director at VisitScotland, spoke at the meeting urging councillors not to object to the plans.
An independent economic impact assessment report submitted to the council said the complex could create more than 100 jobs and generate up to £3.2 million a year for the economy.
Calli Hopkinson, from Luther Farm Services which is behind the plans, said: “We are delighted at the decision made by the Kincardine and Mearns area committee.
“We are looking to bring something unique to the Mearns.”