Plans for 550 homes on the edge of an Aberdeen suburb were backed by councillors yesterday.
Officers had recommended the council’s planning committee approve the application for planning permission in principle for Cloverhill.
The plans, for the site east of Ellon Road, also include community facilities such as a football pitch with changing rooms, and retail space.
Around 140 homes in the development would be affordable housing.
Overall more than £3 million would be invested in the area, in contributions of more than £1m for the expansion of the nearest primary school and medical practice in Scotstown and through other amenities planned.
Around 30 of the planned homes will be fitted with groundbreaking new hydrogen fuel cells, in a pilot heating scheme being run by Panasonic.
If the plan – a first in Scotland – proves successful, the developer says more homes in the development could be retrofitted with the emissions-reducing equipment.
Nigel Munro of developers Cognito Oak said: “Cloverhill will help meet the growing demand for homes in the Bridge of Don and the local authority’s targets for affordable housing.
“The development will also provide much-needed community facilities and we look forward to continuing to work with the council to deliver a highly sought-after, inclusive, sustainable and low carbon village in this attractive location.”