Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



The approval of a major application to expand Elgin to the south has been welcomed by the SNP Councillor for Elgin City South, Cllr Graham Leadbitter.

The proposal, which it included 870 houses, 2 primary schools, a sports centre and various commercial premises was backed by Councillors by 15 votes to 4 with 3 abstentions.

Cllr Leadbitter seconded the motion to recommend approval of the planning application following a hearing of a Special Meeting of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Leadbitter said:

“I very much welcome the decision of the Planning Committee, which paves the way for major investment over the coming years on the south side of Elgin. That investment will see much needed education and sports provision, as well as a large amount of affordable housing.

“This application demonstrates confidence in the Elgin economy and provides vital affordable housing, which is one of the biggest issues raised with my by constituents. There are currently around 3,500 separate applications for council housing in Moray and if that clearly demonstrates the importance of getting more houses built, not to mention the substantial amount of employment that the construction work provides.

“In contrast we had the Tory councillor for Elgin City North opposing economic development in Elgin in a move which would, in effect, have made almost any housing development proposals unviable. He was backed in his arguments by another Tory councillor who stated that there were too many affordable houses being required, despite the thousands of people in Moray desperately needing affordable accommodation.

“Thankfully these nonsensical arguments were opposed and I look forward to seeing our housing challenges being tackled by development at both Findrassie and in Elgin South. I am also very pleased that my amendments to planning conditions, which will see significantly increased cycle provision, were also backed by the committee.”