Councillors today approved a draft masterplan for a major new residential development on the southern edge of Elgin.
The blueprint will see around 2500 houses built over the next three decades, along with two primary schools, a sports centre, a range of retail and community facilities and a cemetery.
The overall development by local company Springfield Properties will take the form of three linked villages to be known as Linkwood, Easter Linkwood and Wester Linkwood.
Members of Moray Council’s planning and regulatory services committee were told that the site extends to more than 200 hectares and represented a significant long-term expansion of Elgin.
A report to the committee said: “The masterplanning of large development areas reflects the Scottish Government’s commitment to raise urban design standards, which Moray Council supports.”
It said the vision for Elgin South was to create a fully accessible, high quality community which would fit into the landscape setting.
“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.”
The report acknowledged that longer term growth would require significant improvement to the transportation network.
“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.
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.
Headquartered in Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.