A BREAK with procedure could see a decision on Elgin’s western link road come sooner than expected.
Councillors today unanimously agreed that - if recommended for approval by officers - the planning application for the route could go straight to a public hearing.
The proposal, which was put forward at the meeting of Moray Council’s planning committee, could slice up to three months off the process.
In an unusual move, chairman Douglas Ross brought the issue up during question time.
Although concerns over procedure were raised it was decided, providing officials recommended the go ahead within a report in the hands of councillors, a hearing would be held without the need for papers to go before the planning committee first.
Many councillors felt a hearing would be held anyway considering the number of responses to the application - around 800.
If officers recommend refusal, there will be no need for a hearing.
See this Friday’s edition of the Northern Scot newspaper for the full story.