A new north-east housing development has been approved by council planners.
Springfield Properties wants to build 94 properties on the land to the west of Golden Knowes Road in Banff.
The Elgin-based firm has said 67 would be affordable homes and be made up of a mix of flats, as well as semi-detached and terraced homes.
It would be part of a wider development made up of around 400 homes, community facilities and leisure and retail units.
The council has backed the proposals and granted Springfield Properties full planning permission for the site, although it is subject to 14 conditions.
A report by Aberdeenshire Council set out the reasons planners approved the scheme.
It took different factors in account with principle of development, layout, siting and design, open space, affordable housing and drainage and water supply all being considered.
The document stated: “It is considered that the proposed development complies with the relevant policies within the Aberdeenshire local development plan.
“While the application is promoted at a 100% affordable housing development, there is no policy requirement for this site to be delivered as such.
“The planning service suggest a more flexible approach to delivering this development with at least 25 per cent of the units proposed as affordable, which can be delivered by Aberdeenshire Council and the affordable housing partners.”
A spokesman for Springfield Properties said: “We’re pleased to have been granted planning approval for 94 homes off Golden Knowes in Banff. The development has brilliant views and will bring a mix of two, three and four-bedroom private homes to the area that can be tailored to suit a wide range of customers. The site will also include much needed affordable housing.
“The construction will bring job opportunities and apprenticeship programmes and we will be making a start on site within the coming months.”
Last night, Banff and district councillor Glen Reynolds welcomed moves to make the project a reality.
He said: “This is another good news story for not just Banff, but the surrounding area.
“It provides decent eco-friendly homes which are good for people and good for business that seeks out new employees, as well as teachers and doctors that are so badly needed. It illustrates that this area is open for people and open for business.”