CONSULTATION gets underway today on a masterplan for up to 365 homes to the west of Elgin.
Locals are invited to view the draft Bilbohall blueprint before comments are used to inform a final plan.
A mixture of terraced, semi-detached and detached homes are included in the proposal, with around 60% to be affordable homes. Specialist housing is also included in the masterplan.
Behind the development is the Bilbohall Consortium which is made up of landowners Scotia Homes, Grampian Housing Association and Moray Council.
The development stretches south from the railway line at the west end of Wards Road and down to Mayne Wood, neighbouring the Elgin High School site. It takes in land to the south of Fairfield Avenue and crosses west to border a section of the leisure area – known locally as Fairy or Dizzy Sick Park.
The scheme is broken down into six ‘character areas’ to reflect the varied topography of the site, including The Firs, Top of Knoll, Knockmasting and Valley Floor as well as both a neighbourhood and pocket park. It is anticipated that building will be phased over six years, from 2020-2025.
Speed reduction measures are proposed as part of the development to discourage motorists from using it as rat run. Improvements to the existing road bridge over the railway at Mayne Farm Road will be required to allow two-way traffic and a new footbridge will also be required.
Initial consultation on the preferred option for the scheme was carried out in late 2017, when 64 responses were received and the design and layout of the draft plan was altered to reflect comments made. Consultation runs from today until April 27 and the plan can be viewed online or in hard copy at Elgin Library or Moray Council access points.
In addition, a drop-in exhibition will take place at St Giles Church on Saturday, March 17, from 9.30am to 4pm, with planning officers on hand to answer any questions. Comments made during consultation will be considered and a final masterplan will be presented in June.