Plans for a wind-powered Turriff whisky distillery and visitor centre have now been fully approved.
Buildings at Yonderton Farm are being revamped for the pioneering project, with the educational visitor centre to be built on nearby land.
Both facilities will be powered by energy from wind turbines already on the farm.
Members of the Banff and Buchan area committee backed the scheme in late 2021.
Further proposals were submitted last year as the development gathered pace.
And now, Aberdeenshire Council has officially approved the huge new distillery building to be built on the land.
‘Fantastic for the area’
Two farm buildings have already been demolished as part of the project at Craigston.
Council leader Mark Findlater previously supported the idea.
He said: “I think it is a very exciting proposal, and a much-needed employment opportunity.”
Meanwhile Banff councillor John Cox welcomed the “innovative approach” to powering the development.
He said: “I think this will be a very important economic contribution to the local area”.
How will Turriff whisky distillery boost the area?
It is anticipated that the new business could create up to 10 new jobs in the local area and help to bring tourists to the region.
The visitor centre will have a café space, tasting rooms and bar while tours will be available to give guests the chance to see how the distillery operates.
However, these will be by appointment only.
The plans were put forward by Wilson Strachan.
Mr Strachan and his family have been looking to invest in a whisky distillery for many years.
A statement lodged with the council said: “The aim of the proposed development is to create a whisky distillery and malting plant at Yonderton Farm.
“It will contribute to the local economy through employment opportunities and bringing tourists into the area.”
You can see the plans here.