A study has revealed the roads around a site earmarked for hundreds of homes may not be able to cope with additional traffic.
Claymore Homes want to build 222 homes at Greenacres, Wester Clarkhill in Peterhead.
Adjacent to the A90 Aberdeen to Fraserburgh road which marks the boundary of the town, the site would also include play areas and green space – but no shops.
But a roads assessment looking at the routes that will link into the scheme has indicated it could cause problems for motorists.
In their report, transport planners Jacobs, say there are “capacity issues” on Meethill Road and South Base Road, near the roundabout.
Traffic would be “marginally exacerbated by the projected increase in base traffic in the opening year and by the addition of development traffic,” the document adds – while stressing there are already issues on both roads.
The Greenacres project will add up to 91 vehicle movements per day on South Base Road, and 22 on Meethill Road.
In both cases, Jacobs has said that while the traffic will add to an existing problem, neither will be “detrimental”.
Claymore has said it is keen to have the project approved as soon as possible.
Alastair Rennie from the Peterhead-based firm said there was a “very high” demand for housing locally.
The planning application for the next phase of the Greenacres site is open for public comment until May 16.
A final decision on the project is expected in the coming months and must be made before August.