Plans lodged for 49 new houses in Coldstream

AFTER receiving a largely favourable response to their development at Leet Haugh in Coldstream, Hudson Hirsel have now lodged an application for a further 49 homes on the site.

But whilst mid-Berwickshire councillor Donald Moffat said he would welcome the houses, particularly if they were to provide further employment for local tradesmen, a resident living near to the site said they weren’t sure the demand was there for more homes.

Work on the 105 plot first phase of the development, which saw its first tenants move in in February, started in 2010 and after generating what Jamie Hudson, director of Hudson Hirsel described as “an encouraging demand in a very subdude market”, the firm are keen to extend the development to build on their success on a piece of land allocated as suitable for housing in the most recent Local Plan.

The application was only officially registered by Scottish Borders Council in the last few days, meaning it could well be a good few months before it is even discussed by councillors and planning officials.

But after working closely with SBC’s planning department while putting the new proposals together, Jamie said he was “hopeful” they would receive the green light.

He told ‘The Berwickshire News’: “The public reaction to Leet Haugh has, in the main, been positive. I’m hopeful that people will react to our new proposals just as warmly, we’ve already one consultation back which which was very positive. We’ve been in discussions with planners and taken onboard their views.”

Like Leet Haugh, the second phase of houses is a joint enterprise by Hudson Hirsel and Douglas and Angus Estates. If given the go-ahead the development will be led by Borders-based architects Aitken Turnbull and Jamie said it was important that the project used local tradesmen wherever possible.

“We try to keep things in the Borders as much as we can; 80 per cent of those who worked on Leet Haugh were from the region and we’re keen to continue this should we be granted permission for the second phase.

“It was a concerted effort by ourselves to make the new development one which would have a positive impact for the people of Coldstream and the wider Borders.”

Councillor Donald Moffatt said he was encouraged by this stance, commenting: “I went up to the site when they had just started on the first phase and virtually everyone working there was from the Borders. I’ve spoken to the people in charge and they mentioned the possibility of taking on apprenticeships- I would certainly welcome that. It would be the perfect opportunity for a young person to learn a trade, be it as a brickie, electrician etc.”

The news of Hudson Hirsel’s new application for the Leet Haugh site hasn’t gone done that well with everyone though, with one resident commenting: “We always knew Hudson Hirsel had plans to go ahead with a second phase of development, so it is no real surprise. The phase two development will certainly spoil the view for some residents who live in Hirsel View, Hirsel Place and Bennecourt Crescent. Their back gardens currently have a nice outlook but that will all be gone.

“There are already quite a few houses for sale in Coldstream, so I’m not convinced there is a demand for another 49.

“Having said that, the plans for new development look attractive and the new houses should fit in well with the estate we live in. If this new development helps Coldstream, then we can only support it.