The former function suite of a pub could be demolished to make way for a block of flats.
The building at the Kintore Arms Hotel has been described as “redundant”, with new plans to create homes at the site.
Proposals lodged by Ken Mathieson Architectural Design have outlined nine two-bedroom flats in a three-storey structure on Elm Way
Planning documents, submitted to Aberdeenshire Council, state: “The design principles were to create a development which responded to the sensitive nature of the adjoining listed hotel and main square, while creating a high quality residential environment.
“Given the historic core to Kintore and the currently attached listed building, the Kintore Arms Hotel, particular care had to be taken to respect the setting of the listed building.”
The design statement for the project said the development would have a “tremendous”
aesthetic boost for the town.
It said: “The site benefits from a town centre location, and utilises a brownfield site housing a redundant building which has been unused for some considerable time.”
Developers added that the derelict building had attracted anti-social behaviour.
However, some residents have written letters raising objections about the size of the flats complex.
Mr Leonard Cushnie, of Ivybank Cotage, wrote: “A three-storey development represents a severe privacy intrusion. It is also too tall in relation to surrounding properties.
“A two-storey development would be infinitely more acceptable.”