Winfield pigeon loft fails to take flight

A second attempt by William Holland to site a pigeon loft in east Berwickshire has been knocked back.

Planning officers at Scottish Borders Council last week refused to grant planning permission for a pigeon loft for racing birds on a section of the disused runway of Winfield airstrip, near Whitsome.

Mr Holland had previously unsuccessfully sought retrospective planning consent for a pigeon loft at 24 Lamberton Holding, Lamberton, with the council’s local review body agreeing in December last year with planning officers that it should be refused.

The application at Winfield had originally planned to house up to 500 birds, later reduced to a maximum of 100, and nine letters of support indicated that it was away from residential properties and would benefit the local economy.

However, there was opposition from local residents and planners concluded that: it would be detrimental to nearby residential properties through noise and nuisance from overflying by large numbers of birds; it would increase traffic using a substandard access; and would have a significant adverse impact on the landscape through the removal of a large section of roadside hedging.