Aberdeenshire Council intends to carry out a site visit to a bed and breakfast in Aboyne which has requested permission to expand its business.
David Haywood, the owner of the Boat House Inn on Charleston Road, wants to open a further eight accommodation rooms in part of the building currently used as a house.
But the plans have been met with more than 20 objections from people who claim there will be problems with noise and parking in the area.
Mr Haywood presented his case to the Marr Area Committee yesterday.
He said: “I want to make the business case for this development and address concerns of the nearby community.
“In the face of the downturn, we must continue to invest in the establishment.
“We have had only two complaints in five years and both have been acted on immediately.”
However, a neighbour Neil Smillie, was one of those who objected to the move.
He added: “The outside seating area of the inn began as two to three seats, but has turned into 60 outside seats.
“This proposed development will provide more noise nuisance to nearby neighbours.”
Councillor Moira Engleby, who chairs the committee, suggested that, because most councillors did not know the site, a visit would help them make a decision.
Her suggestion was backed by fellow members, who will make a final verdict on the application at next month’s committee meeting.