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Green light for new 500-home neighbourhood for Elgin

Words: Roger Milne
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Moray Council’s planning committee has approved planning permission in principle for a new neighbourhood for Elgin comprising around 500 new homes, which is the first phase of a wider scheme expected to include 1,500 houses.

The proposals are for a mixed use development that will comprise a residential element including affordable housing, community facilities a new primary school and playing fields as well as employment opportunities, open space and pedestrian and cycle routes.

The development, occupying just over 48 hectares of land at Findrassie on the northern edge of Elgin, will border the existing A941 Elgin-to-Lossiemouth road.

Altogether, 112 hectares of land is allocated for a major scheme there. The masterplan for the proposals was a winner in the 2016 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.

Jim Grant, the council’s head of planning and development, told The Planner: “In developing the area’s emerging local plan, which is highlighting Elgin as a place of significant growth over the next 10 years, the council’s planning team have been working with the Findrassie owners (Pitgaveny Estates) for some time to ensure an agreed outline for the development.

“The approval in principle by councillors concludes that stage, and it will be for the owners of Findrassie to submit detailed layout plans and designs of the units for approval at their convenience.”

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