Ambitious plans for a tourism, leisure and business development at Inchmarlo - reportedly worth £100m - look on course for eventual approval after Aberdeenshire councillors voted in favour of the project.
But the final decision on the development is set to be taken by the full council at a meeting on March 10.
Some councillors had voiced their support for the economic benefits the proposed development would bring to the area but others expressed concern about certain issues, such as the high number of new houses in the plans, the potential impact on the landscape, and inadequate access roads, especially the Glassel Road that runs through the area.
Outline plkanning permission for the overall development was being sought by Frank Burnett Limited. The proposals, for around 43 hectares – and adjacent to the Inchmarlo continuing care community complex and golf course - would include a new clubhouse and restaurant, 75-bed, five-star spa hotel, Nick Nairn Cook School, start-up business enterprise units and 125 houses, including 35 affordable homes. Other developments would include a new golf academy, and community and disabled sports facilities, including squash and tennis courts.