Views sought on proposed village expansion

A PROPOSED significant extension to a small village in Moray – that is being imagined to comprise up to 500 homes, making it effectively a new town – is seeking the input of local people.

Mosstodloch lies between Aberdeen and Inverness, near the A96 between Fochabers and Elgin on the west bank of the River Spey. And, says the local authority, Moray Council, it is exploring a significant expansion to it.

Says the council, here: “The masterplan setting out the development of the village over the next 20 years and more is now open to public consultation.”

The announcement continues: “Crown Estate Scotland, which owns some of the land, drew up the masterplan following discussions with the community.

“Moray Council is now asking for the community’s thoughts on the draft document and will use the feedback to develop the final plan.”

Crown Estate Scotland (as noted, here) owns virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles, just under half the foreshore, four rural estates comprising 37,000 hectares of rural land, rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in river and coastal areas, rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver across most of Scotland, a commercial retail and office property in central Edinburgh, and the Zero-Four innovation park near Montrose in the Scottish Borders.

It belongs to the monarch but its net profits go to the Scottish Government.

Picture credit: Crown Estate Scotland

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