Fraserburgh councillors have approved the building of 120 homes – with an additional 37 affordable houses also given the go-ahead.
The houses will be built as the first phase of the Kirkton Heights development, which could see a potential 600 houses built on the site south of Boothby Road.
The development will consist of 120 homes built by Colaren Homes, which will also hand over land on the site to Aberdeenshire Council to build an additional 37 affordable houses on the development. Councillor Charles Buchan, one of the councillors to vote unanimously in favour of the development, said: “I’m very pleased about this; it’s a super site just as you come into the town.”
As part of the deal land will also be reserved for commercial use, including office space, industrial space, storage and distribution.
Cllr Buchan said: “It’s classed as employment land and for me that’s good because my worry is that Fraserburgh becomes a dormitory town, so I think it’s good that it comes with employment.”
Gary Purves, a planner for the property consultants Knight Frank, said: “We are delighted with the decision and the developer wants to get going as soon as possible.”
Both Cllr Buchan and Mr Purves have said that the developer has indicated that there has already been interest in the houses from potential buyers.
Cllr Buchan said: “There’s people trading up and there might be in-comers into the town and buying them, and we hope they do, but a lot of them will be Fraserburgh people trading up.”