Storybook Glen plans backed

A new chapter has opened for the owners of a once-popular family attraction in Deeside.

Storybook Glen, which opened in 1984 at Maryculter, has helped bring dozens of tales to life for nearly 30 years, but has struggled to cope with dwindling visitor numbers.

To ensure children can enjoy the fairytale for years to come, owners lodged plans for an indoor soft play barn.

To finance the venture, they also submitted proposals for four homes at a site nearby.

The project is now one step closer to reality after local councillors went against planning chiefs and approved the plans, which will now be considered by the infrastructure services committee.

Planners wanted councillors to reject the plans for the houses, as they breach a policy about building houses on green belt land.

Bruce Liddell, director at Storybook Glen, warned the attraction may have to close if the scheme was turned down - promoting members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee to give them their support.

Under the plans, the soft toy play centre will be added to the existing gift and garden centre.

The four detached family homes will be built on land formerly used for overspill car parking.