Around 80 Deeside residents turned out to air their views at a public meeting in Drumoak on Wednesday.
Crathes, Durris and Drumoak Community Council (CDDCC) hosted the meeting to discuss a number of significant planning applications within the area and wanted to consult local residents on the ideas.
Aberdeenshire Council planning officers, Piers Baxter and Neil Stewart, spoke to residents about their policies and the factors they take into consideration when forming a decision on an application.
The proposals for Drumoak include a multimillion-pound visitor centre and Scotland’s first eco-village.
The family behind Brodie Countryfare want to build a tourist centre just off the A93 Aberdeen-Braemar road, 1km to the west of Drumoak, which would include a food hall, café, restaurant and shop.
Kincluny Development Trust’s vision of building a sustainable village on the site of Park Quarry was also discussed at the meeting. Their plans include creating 1,500 homes, shops, a primary school and business outlets on the 100 hectare site.
There was also a debate on plans which would see the creation of a cemetery and up to 45 homes in Crathes.
More in next week’s Piper.