Published: 09/01/2013 15:22 - Updated: 09/01/2013 15:27

Moray development plan plea

THE public in Moray have been urged to make their views known on the area's development plan for the next 10 years.

The crucial blueprint will be up for dicussion when a public consultation opens next week.

The main issues report which highlights some of the key strategic aims has been produced.

It identifies the four key issues in Moray as the economy; housing; environment and infrastructure.

The next stage is to involve the local community in discussion through a series of exhibitions.

That will then inform a final report which will go before councillors.

If there are still any unresolved objections at the end of the process, these will be determined at a local examination.

Councillor Douglas Ross, chair of Moray’s planning committee, said: "The local development plan will guide development, encourage investment and will be a catalyst for change."

The exhibitions in Moray will all take place from 3-8pm, and the dates and venues are:

Monday, January 14 – Buckie Town House West.

Tuesday, January 15 – Fochabers Institute.

Wednesday, January 16 – Lossiemouth Town Hall.

Thursday, January 17 – Dufftown Mortlach Memorial Hall.

Tuesday, January 22 – Forres Town Hall.

Wednesday, January 23 – Elgin Library gallery.

Thursday, January 24 – Keith Longmore Hall.

Tuesday, January 29 – Aberlour Fleming Hall.

The council is also using social media to gather views on the report, and people can do so through Facebook.

Responses are due by February 15, and can be submitted in writing, by e-mail or online at www.

For a full report on some of the proposals in the main issues report see 'The Northern Scot' on Friday.

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