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Plan marks Buckie as key growth zone

Dave Nicholls, Moray Local Development Plan, MLDP, Buckie
Dave Nicholls, Moray Local Development Plan, MLDP, Buckie

THE Buckie area is set to be one of the key growth zones in Moray as part of the new Moray Local Development Plan (MLDP).

That was one of the key messages being highlighted by Moray Council planners at a roadshow in Buckie's Fishermen's Hall when the contents of the proposed plan were laid out for public inspection.

Five main strands support the plan for the Buckie area. An area to the south of the town has been identified by planners as a growth area, with land set aside for housing, a potential new school campus and recreational facilities. The south end of High Street is earmarked for housing, business use and possibly a hotel, while March Road remains a key asset for economic expansion in the town.

In Cullen, a new site for business and light industrial uses has been allocated on land to the south of the village's cemetery. While no new development sites have been identified in Portknockie, Findochty and Portgordon, development is being encouraged and supported on those areas already zoned.

Principal planning officer Gary Templeton said: "We've had a very positive response to the series of roadshows.

"Buckie is key to growth in Moray, second only to Elgin. There are a lot of houses planned, it's quite a buoyant market.

"In terms of commercial growth, March Road remains important."

Planning committee chairman Councillor Dave Bremner added: "It's good to be able to tap into local knowledge.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time and trouble to contribute to the plan."

Comments, suggestions and objections can be submitted up until March 15. This can be done online via the council website at www.moray.gov.uk, by emailing Localdevelopmentplan@moray.gov.uk or in writing to Moray Council, Development Services (Development Plans), High Street, Elgin, IV30 9BX.

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