A significant milestone has been reached after Scottish Borders Council (SBC) secured a land purchase agreement for the site of the new £21.8 million Kelso High School.
The arrangement with land owners Lothian Estates for the ground at Nethershot on Angraflat Road, was concluded on Monday.
The next stage of the process is the submission of a planning application, which is expected to take place over the coming weeks, followed by a community drop-in session to update townsfolk on the project.
Councillor Ron Smith, Executive Member for Planning and Environment, said: “The land purchase agreement is an important announcement which brings a new Kelso High School a step closer.
“I am pleased to see the project progressing and look forward to a brand new facility which will provided an improved learning environment for generations of Kelso children.”
Hub South East Scotland Ltd, SBC’s development partner, is helping to deliver the project, and its chief executive Paul McGirk added: “This is an important step forward on our first project in partnership with Scottish Borders Council and we are delighted with the progress being made.”