Plans to build 175 new houses in an Aberdeenshire town are to be considered by councillors.
Stewart Milne Homes is looking to construct the properties beside Hillside School, which is near Portlethen.
The proposed development has been split into six areas, with a mixture of detached, semi-detached, bungalows and flats throughout.
It also includes 46 affordable houses, each featuring timber cladding, concrete roof tiles and grey windows and doors in order to be “reflective of the surrounding properties”.
An adventure play park and new cycle paths are also included in the plans.
A number of objections have been raised, with concerns about the impact the development will have on nearby schools and health centres.
But council officers have suggested that local schools could be re-zoned in order to accommodate and better spread out the additional demand.
Members of the local authority’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee will consider the application next week.
They have been recommended to delegate a final decision on the proposals to the local authority’s head of planning, subject to the developer meeting a number of conditions.
A report on the development, signed by the council’s director of infrastructure services Stephen Archer, reads: “When considering all factors, there will be no negative infrastructure impacts from the additional housing.
“The proposal would be appropriately designed, laid-out and of a compatible scale, nature and finish to the neighbouring development.
“The site can be suitably accessed and serviced and will have no detrimental impact on the local amenity or character of Portlethen.”