Coldstream soft play centre recommended for refusal

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An application to convert an industrial storage building in Coldstream into a children’s soft play centre has been recommended for refusal by Scottish Borders Council.

Jon and Anna Standing are proposing to buy the unused building on Coldstream’s industrial estate and turn into a new facility called Laughing Ducks Soft Play by the end of the year.

They say their new business would create five full-time and five part-time jobs.

However, Scottish Borders Council’s chief planning, Barry Fotheringham, has recommended the application for refusal on the grounds that Hill View Trading Estate is covered by a policy aiming to ensure that it is retained for industrial use.

In a letter, Mr Fotheringham states that Hill View Trading Estate would not be an “appropriate location” for a soft play facility.

Mr Fotherhgham also raises concerns about access.

A final decision is expected by the end of this week.