The fate of a 500-year-old mill and plans to transform it into a historic visitor attraction has been pushed back to September.
The A-listed Benholm Mill, close to Johnshaven, is an A-listed site that dates back to the 12th century, and one of the few surviving buildings of its kind in Scotland.
Although its original purpose ceased in 1982 after the death of the last miller, it underwent major repairs and alterations, and was reopened as a heritage attraction in 1993, operated by a local trust alongside Aberdeenshire Council.
However, it was shut down as a tourist destination in 2014, with ownership reverted to the local authority.
New plans have been put forward by the Mill of Benholm Enterprise Group (MOBE), formerly the Mill of Benholm Trust, to take over the mill in a community asset transfer, purchasing it for just £1.
However, planners at Aberdeenshire Council have recommended the asset transfer be refused – because they believe funding for the ambitious project is not sustainable.
MOBE seeks to carry out various repairs all around the mill and bring it back into full working order, and offer café facilities, community events, walks and tours.
Yesterday, the proposals were discussed by members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee.
A motion was put forward by Provost Bill Howatson, a member of the committee, to defer a decision in order to speak to MOBE and council officers.
The motion was passed, and the matter will return to committee in September.