The Scottish Government has endorsed plans for a holiday “pod” in Braemar, after the council rejected the scheme.
In May, the Marr area committee knocked back a proposal for the accommodation in a garden on Castleton Terrace.
The proposal, by Ryden LLP, described the venture as a “pod-like” structure.
Councillors felt the proposed access route was not safe, and judged that the pod’s design would impact negatively on how the area looked.
Residents who objected raised concerns about pressure on on-street parking, and even about potential collisions with pedestrians using the lane leading to the site.
The council’s decision was taken by appeal to Holyrood in September.
The Scottish Government’s reporter, Alison Kirkwood, said that while access was “narrow” it was also “adequate”.
She concluded that “drivers would have to move slowly” and therefore “the risk of any conflict with pedestrians would therefore be negligible”.
She found that the height and potential shadow from the development – a single storey building measuring about 30ft by 11ft – would not intrude on neighbours’ privacy.
The site is surrounded by listed properites, such as St Margaret’s Church, and she added that the proposal would “not harm the setting of any of these buildings”.
Mrs Kirkwood allowed the appeal on the condition it was used only as temporary holiday letting and that steps be taken to address road safety.