Elgin shopping on the up – but doubts remain over Springfield development

Scottish Government will decide if building can be demolished.

THE PROFILE OF ELGIN as a shopping destination is improving – with several well-known national companies looking to set up in Moray’s largest town.

That view is being expressed this week by the chairman of Elgin’s business improvement district (BID) in explaining why the organisation supported redevelopment of a Victorian building on the towns High Street.

David Robertson has been speaking of the decision to knock down the existing building – despite objections from Historic Environment Scotland – saying its replacement by Springfield Properties would help maintain momentum already gained through new shops opening in Batchen Street.

“We are supportive of all firms that wish to invest and improve Elgin,” the local businessman said, adding: “In this case it is a difficult balancing act between bringing it back to life and keeping its historical importance.

“We are positive the correct outcome will be reached and another piece of regeneration will hopefully be put in place.”

Mr Robertson said that regeneration of the town is gathering pace with several exciting developments in Batchen Street, adding: “A number of nationally-known companies are also looking to locate here and the continuing work to improve the street environment and shops helps this.”

Other developments in Moray includes a national furniture chain taking over the former Comet premises on South Street which closed in 2012 with the loss of 11 jobs. Grampian Furnishers is also at an advance stage in its plans to create a new store in the town.

The development of the building on 184-188 High Street may, however, yet be halted as it is currently being considered by the Scottish Government who will determine if its destruction goes against national policies.