A 12.3 hectare extension to Glenfin Quarry at Cockburnspath has been given the go ahead this week.
Rock has been extracted from the quarry for the past 20 years, providing a high standard of stone which is used on the country’s roads.
When plans for the extension were lodged with Scottish Borders Council they received only one expression of concern from the owners of nearby holiday cottages about the possible impact it could have on their tourism business.
Cockburnspath Community Council’s initial concern was the impact it could have on Ewieside Hill and the council’s archaeology officer initially recommended refusal because the extension could “dramatically and permanently destroy the topographic relationship of the setting of the Scheduled site of Ewieside Hill fort”.
However, changes to the plans persuaded both parties that extending the quarry could be done without affecting the fort area.
Reporting to Scottish Borders councillors, planning officer Scott Shearer said: “It is acknowledged that the proposed extensions are large and the extraction operation is intensive, however the application has demonstrated that there is still a market demand for rock extracted from Glenfin Quarry.
“The reduced scale and amended design of the proposed quarry extensions has overcome archaeological issues so that the proposed development is no longer viewed to adversely affect Ewieside Hill, fort Scheduled Monument.
“The proposals comply with national and local policies and subject to a legal agreement to ensure that the final restoration is undertaken the development will not have a significant adverse impact on archaeology, ecology, or neighbouring properties.”