New homes planned for poultry farm site

Plans are being drawn up to build almost 40 new houses in Greenlaw.

Some 38 new homes are being proposed for a site to the south of Marchmont Road.

The proposed development would be made up of homes offering two, three or four bedrooms.

The applicant is also seeking alterations to the road for access purposes.

The site currently stands as a disused poultry farm consisting of large, empty chicken sheds and silos.

The development, if approved, would be divided up into three zones, with the first comprising the larger houses.

Mid Berwickshire councillor John Greenwell said: “At this early stage, this is good news for Greenlaw as 38 new homes will bring some economic growth to the village but, more importantly, possibly more children to attend the school.

“Until detailed plans are seen, a judgement is difficult to make, but this sort of development can only be good news for Greenlaw.”

The proposals have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council by Turley on behalf of Amber Real Estate Investments.

In a statement to the council, Turley said: “New homes in Greenlaw will help to strengthen the village and should respond to the existing pattern and direction of growth. We aim to create an attractive landscape setting for new housing which is in keeping with the character and appearance of its surroundings.

“The application site offers an opportunity for a well-designed, and compact, gateway development.”

A public consultation meeting was held in December 2015 during which concerns were raised over the loss of view to current residents of Marchmont Road as well as the need for more houses.