Proposals for the £100million expansion of a Deeside town have moved forward.
Hundreds of homes, dozens of new businesses and community facilities – including a new secondary school and health centre – are planned for Banchory over the next decade.
Landowners the North Banchory Company first revealed their vision for the town 18 months ago, and have now lodged a masterplan with Aberdeenshire Council.
The blueprint is for two separate areas at the Hill of Banchory, for a total of 395 homes.
Councillors will consider it in the coming months.
Alexander Burnett, managing director of the North Banchory Company, previously said the scheme was the “logical expansion” of the town and would address housing needs in the area.
As well as the first phase, now lodged with the council, the firm visualises building a further 30 properties to create a demonstration eco-village near the Woodend Barn arts centre Woodend Barn.
In their overall masterplan, which went out to public consultation in November 2012, the developers also left space for a replacement Banchory Academy and a park-and-ride facility to Aberdeen.
A neighbourhood centre — consisting of a 60-bed care home, medical centre, dental surgery, shops, offices and restaurants — is also visualised for future schemes.