A new primary school in Inverurie has moved an important step closer.
Councillors have given the go-ahead for the state-of-the art building which can accommodate up to 540 pupils at Uryside.
Aberdeenshire Council applied to the Garioch Area Committee this week for full planning permission.
Officials had recommended approval of the project, subject to various conditions.
The green light for the development north of the River Ury comes as the town’s other primaries are under increasing pressure from an expanding population.
The new school will have 19 classrooms, three additional sports needs rooms, library, nursery and offices.
It will also have a multi-use games area, playing fields and running track and outdoor teaching areas.
The 13-acre site will include bus and car parking, a drop-off area and a community recycling facility.
A report by officials before councillors on Tuesday stated that the Uryside school is an integral element to the expansion in the east of Inverurie which has planning permission for four residential sites containing more than 1000 homes.
The school would be created on a split level and would have the capacity to accommodate 540 pupils.
The report added: “Overall, the development is considered to be of a very good design and layout and would be a welcome and distinctive addition to the area.”