COUNCILLORS have voted to remove Elgin’s Western Link Road from Moray’s future Local Development Plan.
However, it is not yet known what implications the decision will have for the controversial route, which will now be debated again by full council at the end of January.
Members of the council’s planning and regulatory services committee today (Tuesday) voted 8-5 in favour of a motion submitted by committee chairman Councillor Douglas Ross that the road be removed from the plan.
However, because the route has already been supported by the council’s Economic and Infrastructure Services Committee and full council, which conflicts this vote of the planning committee, the issue will have to return to full council.
This will most likely happen on January 29.
Councillor Ross said that the removal of the route from the Local Development Plan, which directs future growth in Moray for the next 10-20 years, will not interfere with any current planning application for the Western Link Road.
However, Councillor Allan Wright, who opposed Councillor Ross’s motion, described that statement as a "smokescreen".
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