Ayton High Street’s ‘backland building’

Outline planning consent has been given for a house to be built in the garden of Oaklands, on Ayton High Street.

Plans for a house in the garden grounds were first submitted in 2005 and outline consent granted, although the plans went no further. A new application was made in 2008, and this time it was recommended by planning officers for refusal and councillors deferred making a decision.

This time around planning officers highlighted that the development is clearly an example of ‘backland’ development, which is considered undesirable, but over the years there have been a number of houses built behind the building line of the High Street and the precedent has been set.

Approving the plans, Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee want to see something ‘very close’ to what was put before them to be submitted in terms of the final details for full approval.