Moray Council yesterday approved plans for 500 homes, cycle paths and a new primary school at Findrassie on the northern edge of the town.
With an anticipated development period of 25 years, Findrassie is expected to feature 1,500 houses, community facilities, a primary school and a twelve hectare business park within several distinct phases.
Landowner Pitgaveny Estate revealed a public consultation would begin shortly as developer Barratt draws up final plans.
Co-owner Crinan Dunbar said: “The approval importantly provides a landmark opportunity for us all to see the wider vision for Findrassie, which has been carefully shaped and informed to respect the landscape and community, come one step closer.”
The application was unanimously approved at a meeting of the council’s planning committee.
Head of development services, Jim Grant, explained that alterations may be necessary if the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness dualling route passes to the north of the town.
Space has also been provided on the site for a farm shop, cafe and other retail space for firms to expand into.
John Cowe, chairman of the council’s economic development committee, said: “This is just the first step for what should be a big boost for Elgin and Moray.
“Another primary school is important and it ties in with a lot of our aspirations with the growth deal.”