Concerns have been raised that an ambitious £3.8million plan to help the Moray economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic might be going too far.
Moray Council has proposed investment to create town centre funds and enable shop units to be adapted.
But Elgin City North councillor Frank Brown has raised concerns about the £2.5million proposed to expand industrial estates in Forres, Speyside and the east of the region over the next two years.
He said: “This development in Forres was previously withdrawn because there was some dubiety about whether there was significant demand for units.
“We shouldn’t rush into doing this because we will need to see what happens over the next six months.”
Jim Grant, the council’s head of economic growth, said: “From experience we know that demand for start-up units grow during times of recessions because of redundancies in oil and gas.
“Construction work itself will also create jobs.”