A decision on scores of new houses for Inverurie has been deferred.
Cala Homes wants to build 57 homes, including 14 affordable properties, adjacent to the town’s Crawford Road, the old A96 road.
Councillors on the Garioch area committee were asked to give their recommendation on the plans to the infrastructure services committee which would make the final decision.
However, following a lengthy debate, the committee agreed to instruct officers to ask for a masterplan for the remainder of the Conglass site.
The reasoning behind their decision is that part of the site would fall out with the local development plan.
This would leave additional land which has been allocated for housing and it would be difficult for the committee to decline any application brought forward in the future.
Councillors now want officers to find out what Cala has planned for this remaining land before they take a decision on the proposals.
It is also likely the committee will have to take a decision on additional parking for the site.
Currently the garages that will be built adjacent to the houses will not be large enough to accommodate most car types.
This means vehicles will have to be parked on driveways which could result in on-street parking.
To avoid this additional parking bays would have to be built.
Roads officers said this had become a common problem with new housing schemes in the region.
Committee chairman Fergus Hood said: “I will be raising this with our officers as I don’t think it’s appropriate that developers should be bringing forward plans where the garages aren’t big enough to fit cars.”