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Go-ahead for Elgin expansion

Words: Roger Milne
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The first phase of the proposed expansion of Elgin, with a new neighbourhood on the northern flank of the town, has been given the green light by Moray Council.

Known as Findrassie, the development will ultimately involve some 1,500 homes, 375 of which will be affordable, as well as 12 hectares of commercial activity, a new primary school and community facilities.

The approved masterplan for the scheme provides for safe routes to school and connections to Elgin's cycle routes.

The initial stage involves around 500 homes. Barratt Homes will carry out the work on behalf of landowners Pitgaveny Farms.

The development has already been acknowledged with a Scottish Award for Quality in Planning as well as a shortlisting for an RTPI Award for Planning Excellence.

Work is expected to start on site later this year, with the first houses due to be released for sale in 2020.

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