Plans have been unveiled for a socially-inclusive soft play centre at an Inverurie industrial estate.
Newly-formed charity ‘Because Everyone Counts’ wants to create the facility at a unit owned by Craigdon Mountain Sports at Burghmuir Circle.
The group has been founded to provide a safe and inclusive play space for children from the local community from pre-school and nursery school age up to a maximum of 14 years.
The applicants say the facility will be the first inclusive soft play centre within the North-east to offer adapted play to allow those with additional support needs to integrate with mainstream children.
In a supporting statement to Aberdeenshire Council’s planning department, they say: “It will work together with local groups and schools such as St. Andrews offering somewhere safe to go.”
A separate room will be available for children with limited communication and sensory disorders and will provide multi-sensory equipment.
The facility would operate from 9.30am to 4.30pm seven days a week and the expected usage will be for a maximum of 60 children per day split into two-hour sessions.
It is understood that special needs groups will arrive and be collected by mini-bus as will groups from local nurseries.
If successful, the soft play centre would take up residence next to the Inverurie Gymnastics Club which also leases a unit.