Detailed plans for a new housing development of almost 900 homes have been approved.
The proposals for the first 870 new homes, two new schools and the state-of-the-art Moray Sports Centre at Elgin South Village were approved at Moray Council’s planning committee yesterday.
Plans, which have been lodged by Springfield Properties, are part of a wider 2,500 home masterplan.
Moray council and the house builders have been working closely to design the new village covering 204 hectares-roughly the size of 167 football pitches.
The first phase will also help Moray Council meet affordable housing targets with 220 allocated for social housing.
Springfield chairman Sandy Adam said: “This is a significant milestone for Springfield and for Elgin.
“The development will generate around 600 jobs over the next 30 years.
“Job opportunities and apprenticeships will increase and in many cases, offer a career for life to locals, further strengthening the economic growth of Elgin.”