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Moray Council approves long-term expansion plan for Mosstodloch

By Ewan Malcolm

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A long-term expansion plan for Mosstodloch has been agreed by Moray Council.

A drawing of the Mosstodloch masterplan.
A drawing of the Mosstodloch masterplan.

The “final masterplan”, as the local authority has dubbed it, sets out the development of the Moray village over the next 20 years.

The plan has been developed following a 12-week public consultation.

It is hoped that the village will become a place with a choice of good homes, opportunities to work locally and be well connected with its environment.

A new residential housing site with up to 150 houses is included in the proposals.

There are also plans for a strengthened village centre, enhancement of path networks to create “green loops” and a spine road from Cowfords Roundabout to Garmouth Road.

The hope, the council adds, is that this will create industrial and renewable energy opportunities as HGVs and traffic will be able to use an alternative route around the village.

Beverly Smith, Moray Council’s acting Head of Economic Growth and Development, said: “It’s been a positive experience to consult the community and incorporate their aspirations for Mosstodloch within the masterplan.

“This truly is a community-led development and a fantastic opportunity for collaboration with locals.

“We all look forward to seeing the progress as work begins to implement the vision.”

The public consultation did highlight key concerns, however, including what kind of impact an increasing population will have on schools and healthcare in the area.

But Moray Council says that both Mosstodloch and Milnes Primary School are currently below school capacity and will be able to cope with the demands of an increasing population.

Meanwhile, NHS Grampian has been consulted on the masterplan and the impact on the local GP practice has been acknowledged.

The healthboard says that the concerns will be addressed.

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