A new hotel and country club proposed by developers to be built on green belt land in Aberdeen, has been given the green light by Scottish Government.
The £40m development, submitted by firm Carlton Rock, would see the construction of a 200-bedroom hotel, restaurant and a spa area on the fringes of Hazlehead Park.
It is predicted to create more than 300 jobs and generate more than £10m each year for the economy of the north-east.
Work could begin by the end of the year after the council voted 28-7 last month in favour of the new development.
The proposal was then passed onto the Scottish Government to decide whether to intervene given that the green belt land is protected under planning policy.
In a letter sent to Aberdeen City Council, the government set out its position.
Planner Iain McLeod said: “It is not for the Scottish Ministers’ intention to intervene in this application by either issuing a direction restricting the granting of planning permission or by calling in the application for their own determination.”
The developers behind the project Carlton Rock must make certain payments because of certain planning obligations before work can officially begin.
These include £120,000 for woodland management, £180,000 to upgrade paths and £120,000 for roads in Hazlehead.