Moray Council has approved the first phase of a development that aims to bring 1,500 new homes to Elgin. The first phase includes the building of 500 homes, cycle paths and a new primary school at Findrassie on the northern edge of the town.
Findrassie development is expected to feature 1,500 houses, community facilities, a primary school and a twelve hectare business park within several distinct phases, which will take around 25 years to be completed. Space has also been provided on the site for a farm shop, café and other retail space for firm looking to expand their services in the area. Landowner Pitgaveny Estate revealed a public consultation would begin shortly as developer Barratt draws up final plans.
“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,” said Co-owner Crinan Dunbar.
The council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application during its meeting. Head of development services, Jim Grant, explained that some alterations may be necessary if the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness dualling route passes to the north of the town.
“This is just the first step for what should be a big boost for Elgin and Moray,” said John Cowe, chairman of the council’s economic development committee. “Another primary school is important and it ties in with a lot of our aspirations with the growth deal.”
The integration of Findrassie into the new neighbourhood of Elgin will create a sense of place and identity from the outset. The masterplan establishes connection into the existing surrounding residential areas to ensure the development is integrated and can become part of the local community. The design also respects the existing tree planting and historical field pattern.