Peelwalls plans for 26 houses

A planning application has been submitted for 26 houses to be built at Peelwalls Meadows, Ayton, the site where a retirement village was planned but never built in 1998.

The retirement village in the grounds of Peelwalls nursing home was linked to the house but only five of the 35 retirement houses were built and they were never occupied.

The new owners of Peelwalls House successfully sought to break the legal link between the house and the new houses and in February this year Scottish Borders Council discharged the planning obligation to keep the house and new homes together and provide a new access.

In discharging the obligation SBC’s planning and regulatory services said: “The pragmatic solution here is to enable occupation and restoration of a listed building and parkland setting that has remained unused and been in decline for some number of years in a manner that meets other council objectives, in this case the preservation of cultural heritage.”

Existing planning conditions for the proposed care village restricted occupancy of the Peelwalls Meadows houses to those over the age of 55. The new application submitted to Scottish Borders Council last week proposes to build a further 26 dwellings designed to “better reflect the real housing needs of the area and on a slightly smaller footprint”.

The plans which the applicants say include “a significant proportion of affordable houses, are for: 19 town houses (eight four-bedroomed, seven three-bedroomed and four two-bedroomed); and seven four-bedroom detached houses.