Ayton developer wins planning appeal

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Permission for four new houses to be built at The Smiddy, Old Town, Ayton, has been given following an appeal by the developer after Scottish Borders Council refused to approve the development.

Over-development of the land in question at the old joiners workshop yard, plus concerns about adequate parking were the reasons given by SBC planners for turning down the application. Ayton Community Council recognised the potential for parking problems to arise, but on balance they supported the building of the four proposed linked houses in Old Town.

Two houses had already been given planning permission and the application for extending the development on land bought from Ayton Castle Estate, was to have been for five houses, but the developer was persuaded to reduce that plan and apply for permission for four houses.

“The scale, form, design and density of the development would lead to over development of the site to the detriment of the character of the surrounding area,” was the view taken by Scottish Borders Council.

However, after planning permission was refused in March this year, David Auld Joinery took the decision to review and the appointed officer overturned the council’s decision and allowed the development to go ahead, subject to conditions and a Section 75 legal agreement.