Owners of holiday villas on Deeside have won permission to turn them into permanent homes, after the part-closure of a nearby golf resort hit business.
The Queens Court villa complex previously enjoyed booming trade from holidaymakers who stayed in its 42 properties while indulging their hobby at Inchmarlo Golf Centre.
But since 2013, when the resort’s 18-hole course was shut, the owners of the units have struggled to make ends meet.
A nine-hole course, driving range pro shop and onsite restaurant remain in operation.
The Inchmarlo Planning Application Group represents a collection of villa owners comprising private individuals and limited companies who have control over the buildings.
They lodged an application with the council for the removal of planning conditions which currently limit all holiday lets to a period of six weeks at any one time, and do not allow a return within six weeks of leaving.
The change has been approved by the Marr area committee, meaning owners will be able to either rent the property for a longer period, or live there permanently.
Councillors were advised that the condition limiting the duration of stays was “necessary at the time”.
“However, the original justification is now significantly less since the demise of the 18-hole golf course,” a report noted.
Committee chairwoman Moira Ingleby, said the committee had approved the application unanimously.