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Council approves 261 houses for Lossiemouth

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The plan was approved today in Moray's council chambers.
The plan was approved today in Moray's council chambers.

MORAY councillors have narrowly voted in favour of backing a new housing development that will eventually bring 261 houses to Lossiemouth.

A lengthy public hearing today (Wednesday,) in Moray’s council chambers, resulted in councillors voting 6-5 in favour of approving the development at Sunbank on the outskirts of the town.

After a heated debate, members of the planning and regulatory services committee had voted 5-5. However, using his casting vote, committee chairman Councillor Chris Tuke ensured the development was given planning permission by the tightest of margins.

A significant number of Lossiemouth residents had objected to the plan due to its proposed access routes.

While the completed project will have one of its two access roads off the B9135 road, the other will connect to the residential area of Boyd Anderson Drive through Halliman Way and Fisher Place, which are currently cul-de-sacs.

Councillor Douglas Ross proposed that the application be turned down, but the applicants, Tulloch of Cummingston, be encouraged to return with a revised planning application that would incorporate an access from the A941 Elgin to Lossiemouth road.

However, the application for the houses, which will be build across more than 40 acres of farmland between Elgin and Lossiemouth, was approved.

Speaking after the decision was reached, John Tulloch, the managing director of Tulloch of Cummingston, said: "First and foremost, obviously we are delighted permission has gone through. There is definitely a need and demand for further housing in Lossiemouth, especially with what we are proposing to construct there."

But local resident Robert Murdoch, speaking on behalf of the Stop The BAD (Boyd Anderson Drive) Action Group, said he was bitterly disappointed.

"I would say we are devastated, particularly with how close it was. I feel they have let down the community of Lossiemouth by approving this ridiculous access."

For much more on this story, including further reaction, see this Friday’s ‘Northern Scot’ print edition

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