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Green light for 870-home Moray suburb

Words: Roger Milne
Elgin South East Village / press release

Moray councillors have approved a major planning application for a new suburb of 870 homes on the southern flank of Elgin, which extends the boundary of the settlement.

The development by Springfield Properties will include a range of community and neighbourhood facilities, including a sports centre and sites for two primary schools.

The application is one of the biggest ever to come before Moray planning authority and represents the first phase in developing the Elgin Long2 South site as allocated in the council’s current local development plan.

It follows the approval of the Elgin South Master Plan which will ultimately see around 2,500 new homes built along with community, leisure and educational facilities.

Most of the land to be developed during the first phase is currently agricultural land. Two-hundred and seventeen of the new dwellings will be affordable homes.

The application was advertised as a departure from the local plan and generated a formal objection from Pitgaveny Estate, which has its own proposals for a major housing development with associated facilities at Findrassie, on the northern outskirts of Elgin.

Image credit | Springfield Properties