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Open space and native woodland will be central feature of new 112-home development

Open space and native woodland will be central feature of new 112-home development

More than 100 houses will be built in Forres around a central open space and native woodland.

Planners approved the building of 84 private and 28 affordable homes at the 7.6-hectare Knockomie site, on Grantown Road. The development will also include a network of footpaths and cycle paths, a playpark and landscaped public open space.

The homes will be a mixture of one-bed flats, and two, three and four-bed houses. Nine of the private homes will be bungalows, to offer accessible living. Developer obligations are being sought towards primary education, healthcare, and sport and recreation facilities.

Streets within the development have been designed to naturally slow traffic down, and the site will feature a large attractive open space, village green and woodland backdrop. This means that 37 per cent of the site area will form publicly-accessible green space – almost double the 20 per cent minimum required by Moray’s planning policy.

Chair of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee, Cllr David Bremner, said: “Forres remains a popular place to live in Moray, and it’s clear to see why. Much-needed affordable homes are set to be provided by this development, and I’m pleased to see accessible units included in the plans.

“With the creation of native woodland areas within the public open spaces, and extensive planting of trees , hedging, shrubs and wildflowers across the site, I’m confident this will become an attractive and welcoming place to live for current and future residents of Forres.”

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