Developers have abandoned plans which would have brought a new pub to an Aberdeenshire village.
Permission had been secured to create a replacement for the Irvine Arms in Drumoak – which closed in 2015 – on land to the west of Keithmuir Gardens.
Councillors had given enthusiastic backing to proposals put forward by the Irvine Arms company and granted a renewal of permission in May.
Now, however, it is understood the company has chosen not to progress that plan with the chosen site being marketed once again.
Commercial property consultancy FG Burnett has suggested the land could be put to community uses other than a pub.
Stonehaven and Lower Deeside councillor Wendy Agnew said: “It is really disappointing that this has happened.
“Hopefully someone will come along and buy the land and think of building a pub on it.
“A place like this would be really important for Drumoak.”
The Irvine Arms company’s permission was for a public house with dining facilities, a function suite and car parking.
The abandoned plans also included proposals for a beer garden with outdoor seating and tables as well as staff accommodation.