Nearly 50 homes could be built in a Moray village after more than a decade of talks about the site.
Developers Tulloch of Commingston have had the project, on the western boundary of Hopeman, under consideration for several years.
Now, the firm has submitted plans for 48 homes as the first phase of its Firth Rise development with up to 75 properties identified for the entire farmland site.
A new nursing home has also been proposed in order to allow older residents to continue to stay in the village when they are no longer able to live on their own.
Meanwhile, a range of flats, bungalows and two to five-bedroom homes have been proposed for the rest of the site with a central play area for children.
The house-builder has proposed 12 affordable units with a further seven planned as part of later construction with negotiations underway with housing association Osprey Housing about the design.
The firm hopes to begin construction late this year once planning permission is given and the current Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed.
Documents submitted to Moray Council planners by the firm explain: “Throughout the entire process, which has been ongoing for over 10 years, the local community have been involved through meetings, consultations and regular updates.”