Plans to build a new £1.2 million sports development in Fraserburgh were unanimously approved by councillors on Tuesday.
Banff and Buchan Councillors approved the planning permission to build a state of the art sports complex at the South Links area of town.
The new £1.2 million development will see a top specification floodlit grass football pitch laid in the area surrounded by a six lane synthetic athletics track and an all-abilities cycling path.
Graeme Clarke, Convener of the Fraserburgh South Links Sports Development Trust (FSLSDT) who are behind the application, said: “It was excellent news and a big relief as well. It was a very positive meeting with unanimous support from around the table.”
“It means we can now more or less proceed to plans to try and get the allocation of the funding.”
The FSLSDT were awarded over £600,000 in funding by Aberdeenshire Council two weeks ago and the Trust will now look to Sportscotland and the Robertson Trust for the remainder of the funding.
Mr Clarke said: “Sportscotland will be the major funding and we also have an application in for Robertson Trust as well.”
The Trust had to wait until planning permission for the new complex was granted before they could move on with their application to Sportscotland but now that it has been passed Mr Clarke is hopeful things can move forward quickly.
He said: “Hopefully we can get that to them in the next few days and try and get a decision on the Sportscotland funding.
“We’re looking at putting put out tenders before the end of the year and have work starting by the end of March.”
The Trust’s convenor envisage the project will be finished by the end of summer 2017.
Mr Clake also wished to thank the Aberdeenshire Council for the support the FSLSDT had been given during the application and funding process.
He said: “I would like to say thanks for the support of all the local councillors.
“It was also great support from the officers of Aberdeenshire Council who have been very helpful.”