A decision on a proposed development of 49 homes at Kirkton of Fetteresso will be taken by Aberdeenshire Planning Department.
Councillors decided to follow planners’ recommendation for a delegated grant at the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee on Tuesday.
Plans were lodged by GS Brown in June, to build 49 houses next to the cemetery - including 12 affordable homes.
The committee heard from two speakers on the application: Stonehaven and District Community Council’s (SDCC) Planning Secretary Phil Mills-Bishop and Kirkton of Fetteresso resident John Godsman.
Residents have concerns about the site, including fears of a flooding risk, sloping, conservation and traffic management.
The application had over 20 public comments submitted.
Mr Godsman was representing Kirkton of Fetteresso residents and said: “We would like this to be reconsidered. We are not saying no completely, we are saying that the site needs a major re-design.”
Councillor Wendy Agnew proposed the motion to agree with planners that a delegated grant be adopted.
She said: “I am putting my trust in the planning department, that they will look into the problems that the objectors have and come up with a solution for the site.”
Stonehaven and District Community Council, as one of the statutory consultees, had requested an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) but Aberdeenshire Planning department and Scottish Government have rejected this request.