Councillors approve 1500-home Elgin expansion masterplan

FindrassieA masterplan which will see a major northward expansion of Elgin over the next two decades has been approved by Moray councillors.

The blueprint for Findrassie has been prepared by the landowner, Pitgaveny Estate, in partnership with Moray Council and provides for around 1500 new homes in addition to land which will be developed for business.

The plans for the 112 hectare site, which stretches from Duffus Road in the west to Lossiemouth Road in the east, will now go out for public consultation.

The masterplan incorporates elements such as:

  • A central spine of open space or park runningeast to west and containing features such as an amphitheatre, sports pitches and allotments
  • A range of housing densities and housing types from starter to family to retirement homes and self-build plots
  • A centrally located school incorporating provision for community facilities with opportunities for outdoor learning

  • A local hub with potential for a farm shop, incubator units and other commercial uses such as a nursery, with further provision for commercial units around the central open space
  • Focal points and landmarks at key locations and a number of character areas with distinctive features which will help people find their way around and identify with the development
  • Integration of employment, residential and commercial development with good walking and cycling routes that are safe and pleasant
  • Recreational assets such as Findrassie woods and a large area of multi-use open space

  • The public consultation will run from Monday, August 31 to Friday, October 9.

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