Council takes future home and business developments plans on the road

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NINE EVENTS IN TOWNS and villages throughout Moray will showcase future potential housing and business development launches.

The exhibition series will allow local communities to speak with planning officers about future developments taking place in the region.

They follow the publication of the Main Issues Report last month. Now, visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore how we will use land in the area in the future, including new or expanded infrastructure, schools, health centres and more.

Factors such as minimising climate change, balancing the protection of the environment and making space for residents to remain active and healthy citizens will be discussed.

All drop-in exhibitions will feature interactive mapping using touch screens, highlighting what development is being proposed in each area. Expansion to the south west of Buckie and east of Forres for housing is being considered.

New industrial land is being considered to the south of Elgin, at Waterford in Forres, and to the west of Mosstodloch. More modest expansion is being considered in other towns and villages such as Keith, Fochabers, and Aberlour.

Chair of Moray Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Committee, Councillor Marc Macrae, said he is looking forward to hearing the views of residents and businesses across Moray.

He added: “We’re in the very early stages of developing our plan for the built environment of Moray from 2020 onwards. Staff will be using new methods and technologies to engage with the public and I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future shape of Moray – both residential and commercial – to come along to any of the sessions being held, or indeed to write in with their comments or suggestions.

“This is a great opportunity for people to play a very real part in the future of Moray.”

Those who can’t attend the exhibitions can access more information online on Moray Council’s website. Copies of the documents are available to view at all Moray Council access points and libraries. Information will also be posted on the Moray Council Planning Facebook page throughout the consultation period.

Responses can be made via the online form, by email to or in writing to Local Development Plan, Development Services, Moray Council, Council Offices, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX.

The events are being held on:

Wednesday, January 17 from 2pm to 8pm in the Fleming Hall, Aberlour
Tuesday, January 23 from 2pm to 8pm in the Town Hall, Elgin
Wednesday, January 31 from 2pm to 8pm in the Fisherman’s Hall, Buckie
Tuesday, February 6 from 2pm to 8pm in the Fochabers Institute, Fochabers
Thursday, February 15 from 2pm to 8pm in the Town Hall, Lossiemouth
Wednesday, February 21 from 2pm to 8pm in the Mortlach Memorial Hall, Dufftown
Thursday, March 8 from 2pm to 8pm in the Town Hall, Forres
Tuesday, March 13 from 2pm to 8pm in the Longmore Hall, Keith
Sunday, March 17 from 9.30am to 4pm in St Giles Church, Elgin