AN EXTENSIVE EXPANSION of Elgin towards the north has been approved by councillors and will now go out for public consultation.
A blueprint for the creation of around 1500 new homes and business premises was put before members of the planning and regulatory services committee this week.
Councillors have given the green light to the joint Pitgaveny Estate and Moray Council plans for a 112-hectare site stretching from the Duffus Road to the west and Lossiemouth Road to the east.
It is expected that facilities such as an amphitheatre, sports pitches and allotments will be created alongside a wide range of housing types including starter homes, retirement homes and family homes. A new school would be included as will a local hub with potential for a farm shop, nursery and a range of commercial units.
Existing assets such as Findrassie woods would be incorporated into the plans as will a large area of multi-use open space.
The period of public consultation will begin on Monday, August 31 and run through until Friday, October 9, with the plans on display through the Moray Council website or to callers at the Moray Council HQ in Elgin or the Elgin Library.
Comments on the proposals can be made online or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Moray Council, Development Plans, PO Box 6760, Elgin IV30 9BX.