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Development proposals for the Waulkmill area of Elgin go on show this week

Press release   •   Mar 17, 2016 08:00 GMT

New development proposals for the Waulkmill area of Elgin will be subject to a public consultation starting this week.

In a partnership between Springfield Properties and the Council’s Lands and Parks department, two potential concept redevelopment options are being proposed. The proposals seek to address long standing problems currently affecting residents and provide new and improved areas of open space.

A low-density residential development is also being proposed in the area of land containing the existing playpark.

The consultation follows the revocation of the Tree Preservation Order (TPO) at Waulkmill Grove by the council last February.

This is not a planning application. The consultation period allows the opportunity for residents to respond to the Council raising any issues/comments regarding the redevelopment options.

Plans and a 3D image that show how both areas could be redeveloped.These can be viewed on the council's website here:

http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_103541.html

The key elements of the proposals are;

  • Clearfell the Scots Pine and replant with more native species that are suitable for this location. The felling of trees will be timed to avoid the breeding bird season.
  • Low density residential development backing onto existing properties at Barlink Road.
  • Two options have been suggested for the rectangular area of open space at Waulkmill Grove.Both options would provide paths across the site which would be lined with smaller species of trees, with avenue tree planting along Reiket Lane.
  • While one proposed option will see the removal of the playpark, there are two playparks within the immediate vicinity of Waulkmill Grove that are located at McBeath Avenue and Reynolds Crescent.
  • The remaining areas of open space would be protected from further development and would retain their environmental status in the Moray Local development Plan 2015.

The public consultation runs from 18 March to 2 May.All representations must be received by 5pm on Monday 2 May.

Comments received on time will be acknowledged and reported to the Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Committee on 14 June 2016.Your comments and the Councils response/recommendation will be detailed within a report that will be submitted for consideration

Comments can be submitted via email to localdevelopmentplan@moray.gov.uk or in writing to The Moray Council, Local Development Plan, Development Services, PO Box 6760, Elgin IV30 9BX

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

Comments (2)

    These trees need to come down, however i am not overly happy at the thought of housing being built practically outside my back door. What is wrong with putting a good quality play area for the kids. Will b no green space left at this rate.

    - emma - Mar 18, 2016 12:02 GMT

    Hi Emma, Thank you for leaving a comment. Please make sure you also have your say as part of the consultation.

    - Peter Jones - Mar 18, 2016 12:43 GMT

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