Plans for an office block in Westhill that have prompted objections from doctors and patients have been deferred to allow a site visit.
Objections have been lodged to Medical Centres Scotland’s plans to build the two-storey building at Arnhall Business Park.
They fear the development would prevent the future expansion of Skene Medical Group.
Dr Colin Hunter, a partner at the health centre, earlier said the staff wanted to “future-proof” the building, and that there was “no doubt” it would need to be expanded in the next five to 10 years.
Staff and patients also claim the scheme would cause traffic congestion and parking problems.
However, Medical Centres Scotland insist the development has been designed to be in keeping with the health complex – which is also home to an array of services, including dental and social work – to allow for expansion in the future.
They also have plans to keep access to the offices separate to ensure clients did not park in spaces needed for the health complex.
The Garioch area committee were due to discuss the proposals at their meeting in Inverurie yesterday, but agreed to defer it so they could visit the site before coming to a decision.
It will now be considered next month.