Councillors have given their backing to the first phase of a major housing development in Aberdeenshire.
Formartine Area Committee supported a 48-house development and a shop at Hareburn Road, Blackdog, at their meeting on Tuesday.
Farmer Colin Tawse’s plans for his land will now go to Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee for approval.
The blueprint for the 600-home scheme - which will include a regional food market, park-and-ride service and primary school - was backed in 2012.
Meanwhile, the committee gave their input to the closure plan for Ardallie School. They considered a report outlining the consultation and recommended catchment area, which will be divided between Arnage and Hatton (Cruden) Schools.
The proposed closure date for Ardallie is Friday, July 4.
The committee, like their Buchan counterparts last week, backed the document. Area committee views will be included in a report to education councillors who will forward a recommendation to the policy and resources committee for a final decision.
At the same meeting, it was agreed that “speed cushions” should be installed in Commercial Road, Oldmeldrum.
A 20mph limit currently exists, but councillors heard that the majority of motorists have been flouting the restriction.
Meldrum Primary School and Meldrum Academy are in the area.
Meanwhile, two local flood protection projects were approved. Further investigations will be carried out into the culvert at Knockhall Road, Newburgh, and Blairythan Terrace in Foveran will be the subject of an investigation and possible construction work.
Blairythan was among a number of areas which suffered major flood damage in December, 2011, when a burn overflowed.