First tranches of 2,500-home plan given green light by local council

The first 870 new homes of a larger 2,500-home masterplan, together with two new schools and a new sports centre were given the nod by Moray council’s planning committee meeting.  

Made up of two, three, four and five-bedroom energy-efficient homes, communal areas and the option for retail units, the plans will transform the south side of Elgin, according to housebuilder Springfield.

The company has been working with the council to design a new village, Elgin South, covering 204 hectares.

Springfield chairman Sandy Adam said 25% of the housing, 220 units, would help meet Moray Council’s affordable housing targets.

“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.”