Forres community challenged to fill the development gap

3-D Modelling will be used to plan Forres' future
3-D Modelling will be used to plan Forres’ future

NEW WAYS OF strengthening the economy and local facilities in Forres are being sought in the wake of the expected dismissal for a major development plan in the town.

Last week Moray Council’s policy and resources committee threw out proposals by Aberdeen-based developers Redco Milne to turn common good land on Bogton Road into a major retail development.

While that decision is yet to be ratified by a meeting of the Full Council later this month, it is expected that the eight-year long debate will be closed at that meeting. However, there are many in the town who feel that something has to be done to regenerate Forres – and if not the Bogton Road plans, they are asking, then what else?

However, one of the leaders of the campaign against the development, chairman of the Forres Community Council, Stewart Noble, insists that there are alternatives and insists that plans can be made to make the centre of the town “more vibrant”.

Mr Noble cites the ‘Forres 20/20 Vision’ scheme currently under way in Forres, and is calling on more volunteers to come forward and give their views in determining the future for the town.

“Forres 20/20 can kick off with the opportunity for Forres people to decide what happens on our common good land at Bogton and elsewhere,” he said, adding: “There has already been suggestions for a Hotel, a car park for Forres Mechanics, a skateboard park and many other ideas.

“Residents can decide what we need for the future in Forres so I would urge people to come forward and attend one of the Forres 20/20 sessions.”

Forres 20/20 discussions are taking place in the Forres Town Hall on Tuesday’s from 10am until Noon and again on Thursday evenings from 7pm until 9pm. Further information can be obtained by email to or by calling 07843 842890.