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Approval for Mosstodloch affordable homes

By Staff Reporter

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PLANS for 46 more affordable homes in Mosstodloch have been given the green light.

Permission for the development off Stynie Road was granted during a meeting of Moray Council's planning and regulatory services committee yesterday.

The homes will be situated on the north and east portions of the site, which is part of a larger planned development.

Planning permission has already been granted for 30 affordable houses/units covering the southwest portion of the land and construction of that section is underway.

Councillor Mark Macrae's (Fochabers/Lhanbryde) call for the plan to be approved won the backing of committee members.

He said: "As the local member I very much welcome this planning application.

"Both Mosstodloch and Fochabers are very sought after areas for people to move into and any opportunity for people to remain within the village or indeed families to move into the village has to be welcomed in whole."

Cllr Macrae added: "I think we've seen from the existing application, which has been approved, that the works will bring a good standard of housing to Mosstodloch. It is very sought after by the locals and I would happily move that we accept the recommendation."

A move by Councillor Claire Feaver (Forres), seconded by Councillor Louise Laing (Speyside/Glenlivet), for amphibian and mammal friendly drains to be added as an additional condition of approval did not win enough support.

However, strategic planning and development manager Gary Templeton said a new biodiversity policy, to be included in the Moray Local Development Plan 2020, would feature a number of measures to enhance biodiversity and support habitats/wildlife.

That should come into play within a few months and could include amphibian friendly kerbing as well as other measures from bird and bat boxes to hedgehog highways and wildflower verges.

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