Councillors have agreed to back the housing plans for Pitfour Estate, Mintlaw after visiting the site.
The initial planning permission for nine housing plots at Pitfour originally went before the Buchan Area Committee on December 4 last year.
The plans were submitted by Hamish Watson of Beechfield, Dunshillock, Mintlaw to coincide with his other submitted plans to refurbish the Temple of Theseus and three surrounding bridges.
Mr Watson spoke at the committee meeting and told councillors that by selling the plots for an estimated £135-£150,000 each, he would not get any financial gain, instead using the money to refurbish the Temple and surrounding area.
Mr Watson added: “The estate needs to be improved. I want to promote the area and let others see the potential of the project. “
We want to improve the facilities and maintain them for the future.”
Speaking at the December meeting, councillor Jim Ingram called the project an “imaginative scheme” and agreed a site visit would be appropriate so fellow councillors could see the impact building would have on the site.