Detailed plans of the new Elgin South Village proposed by Springfield Properties have been approved by Moray Council.
The plans for the first 870 new homes, two new schools and the state of the art Moray Sports Centre have been approved at a planning committee meeting earlier this morning.
Made up of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom highly energy efficient homes, with ample green space, communal areas and the option for retail units, the plans will transform the south side of Elgin.
These detailed plans are part of the wider 2,500 home masterplan. The housebuilders have been working closely with the Council to design a new village covering 204 hectares – roughly the size of 167 football pitches.
The first phase will also help Moray Council meet affordable housing targets with 220 allocated for social housing.
Springfield Chairman Sandy Adam is thrilled with the decision:
“I’d like to thank Moray Councillors for approving this award winning project. We’ve been working closely with Council Officials to create a high quality place to live.
“Moray Sports Centre will be in the heart of the village with meeting rooms, a coffee shop, soft play areas and a state of the art gym, it will quickly become a central hub for the community.
“There will be energy efficient housing, 25% of which will be affordable helping meet Moray Council’s affordable housing targets. Children will benefit from two new schools and they will be able to take advantage of the new Moray Sports Centre on their doorstep.
“This is a significant milestone for Springfield and for Elgin. The development will generate around 600 jobs over the next 30 years. Job opportunities and apprenticeships will increase and in many cases offer a career for life to locals, further strengthening the economic growth of Elgin.
“Now we have the consent for the first 870 homes of the wider 2,500, we start working towards the next milestone, starting construction on site.
“We are still selling in Elgin at Linkwood Steading and Duncansfield with The Range expecting to go on sale at the end of July. Work will commence on the new school and Sports Centre in the coming months – both scheduled to open in 2019.”