Councillors (LABOUR) have backed plans to build a 200-bedroom hotel on green belt land in Aberdeen.
Proposals for the £50m development at Hazlehead were approved at a meeting on Wednesday.
Developers Carlton Rock claim the hotel will create 250 jobs and generate “millions” for the local economy.
Planning committee convener councillor Ramsay Milne (LABOUR) said it will have "little impact" on the surrounding area.
He added: “I am pleased to back the recommendation of conditional approval for this application.
"The five-star hotel will complement the existing recreational uses within Hazlehead Park and will bring real economic and social benefits for the city.
“Although the site is in the green belt, the development is screened by surrounding woodland and there will be little impact on the character of the land."
Up to 400 jobs will be created during the construction of the hotel, which is expected to take two years.
It will also feature a swimming pool, function and conference facilities, restaurants and an equestrian centre.
Jim Murphy (LABOUR)received a donation from an Aberdeen businessman towards his Scottish Labour leadership bid – weeks after he was elected.
Westminster’s register of financial interests states that he was given £18,400 from Alan Massie, of city-based developer Carlton Rock, to “support my campaign for leadership of the Scottish Labour Party”.
The date of receipt and acceptance was recorded as January 22, despite Mr Murphy having been elected on December 13.
It was Mr Massie’s second donation towards the leadership campaign, having boosted it with a £14,500 gift which was listed as having been received on November 20, and accepted on December 10.
The Press and Journal revealed last month that Mr Massie donated more than £200,000 to Labour last year.
A party spokesman said: “We can confirm Mr Murphy received donations from Mr Massie which were declared in the proper and public way.”
I'm not the only one suspicious about this either.
Edited by The Boofon, 15 May 2015 - 09:30 AM.