Old high school land up for sale

playing fields at the old Eyemouth High School have been put up for sale for housing, including 23 affordable houses.

Scottish Borders Council is selling the 4.6 hectare piece of land on the site on Coldingham Road and is hoping to attract a single developer for the whole site.

The buyer will have responsibility for demolishing part of the old school building but a section of it is being retained as a link building which will become part of the primary school next door. A multi-purpose open space of around 1200sq.m close to the primary school, and a possible extension to the existing allotments may complete the use of the land.

John Brown of DTZ (Edinburgh), who have been instructed to market the site nationally, said: “This site has excellent potential and is a good location for family housing. Eyemouth is an attractive proposition for developers, it has a good selection of local services and benefits from excellent transport links to Scottish Border towns and to cities such as, Edinburgh and Newcastle via the A1 and East Coast Rail routes.”

SBC has already drawn up a planning brief providing guidance on what it would like to see replace the former school.

When the council went to public consultation on future use of the school and grounds in 2009, top of the wish list for many local people was a new health centre but although the council was prepared to consider it, the timescale and cost made it a none starter as far as NHS Borders was concerned.

As well as providing much-needed additional accommodation for the primary school, the section of old high school building being retained is expected to be used for community services such as social services, dentist, Citizens Advice Bureau, Customer First and the Registrar.

Speaking about the sale of the land Councillor Michael Cook said: “It will help pay for the excellent state-of-the-art high school we have at Gunsgreen.”