Councillors approve Elgin’s 2500 home masterplan

Council approve masterplan for Elgin South
Council approve masterplan for Elgin South

A MASTERPLAN THAT would see a major residential development being created on the southern outskirts of Elgin has been approved by Moray planners.

Under the blueprint presented to the planning and regulatory services committee on Tuesday around 2500 new homes would be built over thirty years – alongside two new primary schools, the new Moray Sports Centre and a range of retail and community facilities – including a cemetery.

Committee members were told that the extensive site reaches out over 200hectares and represents a significant expansion of Elgin, with the report to the committee commenting: “The masterplanning of large development areas reflects the Scottish Government’s commitment to raise urban design standards, which Moray Council supports.”

Adding that the vision for Elgin South was to create a fully accessible and high quality community fitting into the landscaped setting.

It added: “The vision seeks to deliver three distinct village forms designed to complement each other and offer scope for a well-planned logical programme of phasing.

“All of the transportation network improvements will be assessed through a traffic modelling exercise.

“The phasing of when road linkages and improvements are required will be informed by traffic modelling in support of the masterplan and subsequent detailed planning applications.”

The draft masterplan will go out to consultation, part of which will involve a drop-in exhibition.