An appeal against the refusal of controversial plans for a 300-house development in Banchory has been turned down.
A Scottish Government reporter has dismissed a challenge by the developer against Aberdeenshire Council’s rejection of the proposed scheme at Braehead, to the south of the town.
Councillors in April turned down an application by Sandlaw Farming Company - which attracted more than 600 objections and had run into opposition from planners.
Permission in principle was sought for 200 private rented properties, 75 affordable and 25 assisted living units, along with community uses at Auchattie.
Sandlaw appealed against the council’s decision in July.