Green light for work to start on massive Elgin expansion

Building expected to start to the north of Elgin next year
Building expected to start to the north of Elgin next year

WORK IS EXPECTED to begin early next year after Moray councillors gave their final approval to the creation of 1500 new homes on the outskirts of Elgin.

The 276-acre site at Findrassie to the north of the regional capital will be developed over the next 20 years and will be created to a masterplan that was endorsed by the local authority this week.

A meeting of the planning and regulatory services committee was told by development planning officer Eily Webster that in addition to the 1500 new homes the plan includes 12 hectares of ‘employment’ land.

She added: “There will be a local hub incorporating a school, community facilities and shops. This has been carefully designed to create an attractive gateway into Elgin from the north.”

Pitgaveny Estates own the land and have undertaken the development with chartered surveyors Savills-Smiths Gore.

Planning adviser Donald Lunan said after witnessing approval of the draft masterplan: “The development is now being operated by Moray Council – but any planning applications for building work will have to be measured against the masterplan we have provided.”

A copy of the Findrassie development masterplan can be downloaded here.