A new development could see almost 900 homes being built in Laurencekirk after councillors approved sustainable expansion.
The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee looked at the framework for the proposal at Laurencekirk at their meeting in Viewmount on Tuesday.
This is the second time that the committee has looked at the framework by Kirkwood Homes and A&J Stephen. It was decided at the last area committee meeting in October to defer the decision to this month once they had clarified a few issues.
The site developers wish to build on is just east of Laurencekirk railway station and could see 885 homes being constructed.
There is also a blueprint to encompass land for business, another primary school and community facilities.
In the development framework prepared for the area committee, it is noted that there will be an impact on transport and roads, with land put aside for a grade-separated junction should one be approved by Transport Scotland.
Allan Rae, land director at Kirkwood, said: “Kirkwood Homes Ltd, in conjunction with A&J Stephen Ltd, are delighted that both the development framework and masterplan for Laurencekirk was unanimously approved by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.
“A substantial amount of work and careful consideration has gone into producing these documents, and the decision not only represents an important step in meeting the key planning objectives for Laurencekirk as set out in the Local Development Plan (LDP) 2012, but, crucially, it provides a clear set of principles for the future sustainable and planned expansion”.