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Councillors to debate consultation on major Buckie development plan


By Alan Beresford

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HUNDREDS of houses could be built to the south of Buckie if bold development plans are given the go ahead.

Councillors on the planning committee will decide whether to give the go ahead for a public consolation on the Buckie South Masterplan. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Councillors on the planning committee will decide whether to give the go ahead for a public consolation on the Buckie South Masterplan. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Moray Council's planning and regulatory services committee are set to decide next Tuesday whether to give the green light to an eight week public consultation regarding the Buckie South Masterplan. The first two phases of this calls for 102 houses plus a retail unit to be built by Springfield Properties to the east of Barhill Road heading towards the A98.

If ultimately granted planning permission, it is envisaged that these phases would be completed by 2028, with phases 3-5 to the east of Barhill Road tagged for completion in 2042.

As part of the development, a 2.5ha site has been earmarked for a primary school, community facility, neighbourhood and pocket parks as well as local shops and services.

Six separate 'character areas' would be created as a result of the scheme: Summerton Square; Barhill Avenue; The Courtyard; The Heartlands; Garden Villages; The Gable.

The report to be set before committee members noted: "The vision for the draft masterplan is to create a sustainable, high quality neighbourhood with a strong sense of place that promotes opportunities for active healthy living."

One of the aims is to create 20 minute neighbourhoods where people can meet the majority of their daily needs within a reasonable distance.


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