A 61-bedroom hotel is the first project to be given planning permission at Barmuckity Business Park.
Today, members of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee gave the application, submitted by Travelodge for the site at the eastern entrance to Elgin, the go-ahead.
No objections were received to the plans, which proposed a three-storey hotel with bar and restaurant built, car parking spaces and drop-off bay, accessed from a new roundabout on the A96.
Chair of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee, Cllr David Bremner, said he was pleased to give the seal of approval to the applicants, citing it as a significant step forward for the business park, and for the local economy.
“This only serves to show that Moray is both in demand and well and truly open for business. Private developers are serious about investing in the area and I applaud their commitment.”
Laurie Piper, Operations Manager at the region’s tourism development organisation, Moray Speyside Tourism, welcomed news of the hotel’s planning approval.
“I am really pleased that the planning committee have given this project the green light – the arrival of a new hotel operator in the region is great news; it adds capacity to the region’s overall accommodation offer and gives visitors to the area a wider choice of options.
“It’s yet another vote of confidence in the region’s tourism industry.”
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. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.