Plans to create a “major” new community to the south of Aberdeen have moved forward, with councillors due to discuss the scheme next week.
Cults Property Development is behind the proposal to create the 10-hectare site off Inchgarth Road, which will cater for elderly people.
The local authority has now convened a special planning meeting where the application will be analysed by councillors.
If approved, developers have promised a “residential led” community for retired people, featuring a 50-bedroom care home and shops, parkland, a link road and other facilities.
The scheme has received a largely positive response from the public, with 278 people writing to the council to support it and only 22 objecting to the development.
Cults and Deeside Community Council has backed the idea, and asked that a cycle path be connected to the nearby Deeside Way.
However, council officers have flagged concerns about how it could impact on protected trees in the area.
A report reads: “Concerns remain that changes to levels across the site would be within root protection areas of trees, would alter hydrology around trees and would result in the loss of trees immediately, or cause damage that would cause loss in the medium term.
“Mitigation measures would need to include retention of existing habitat.”
Following the meeting on Monday, officers will prepare another report advising councillors whether to back the proposals or reject them.