The Hillside area of Portlethen has been granted £300,000 from Aberdeenshire Council’s underspend budget to improve facilities.
North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison welcomed the decision, he said: “This will be a boon for the residents in the new community. However this is just the start of a long process.
“The hard work will now begin for council officers, residents and the developer to turn this into reality. It will require an innovative design so that the centre can be incorporated into a new primary school when there is a need to build it.
“I know residents are eager to get started so that there can be a social heart to Hillside, something that is missing at present. At the moment there are houses, houses and more houses.
“From my own experiences in establishing and expanding the now successful Bettridge Centre in Newtonhill, I know first hand how a project like this can pull a community together.”