Media release: New primary school approved for Elgin


PLANS for the new Linkwood Primary School in Elgin have been approved.

No objections were received to plans submitted for the new school, which will be built in the south of Elgin. It will have a floor space of around 3,780 square metres and accommodate up to 476 pupils, including ASN provision for up to 12 pupils. Space will be provided for 40 nursery pupils, and 53 staff between the school and nursery.

Parking will be provided for 40 cars, including disabled spaces, as well as 33 cycle spaces and ten scooter spaces to encourage active travel to school.

Pupils will be able to enjoy an external roof terrace and plant deck area, and outside play areas will include a secure area for ASN pupils, a sandpit and multi-use games area (MUGA) as well as an allotment and outdoor classroom.

A wetland habitat area featuring aquatic and wetland meadow planting will include the sustainable drainage system, and there is the potential to include solar panels on the roof of the building.

In a report to Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee, planners commented on the siting of the school, in the Linkwood area of Elgin, close to the new Moray Sports Centre which is currently under construction.

“Initially, the school development will appear isolated and detached from other development within Elgin South but, over time, further development within the Elgin South area… will help to integrate and provide a context and setting for this school which, along with other community facilities, will provide a focus for development within a new village to be formed at the centre of Elgin South.”

Chair of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee, Cllr David Bremner, said the granting of planning permission is an important milestone in the continued growth of Elgin.

“The south of Elgin will undergo a radical transformation in the coming years with the building of some 870 homes, shops and food outlets, and two primary schools. By approving this latest planning application, which gives the green light for the building of the new Linkwood Primary, we’re preparing for this growth and ensuring that the children who live here will have access to modern and spacious learning environments.”

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.

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