Youth hostel grounds developed

Impressed at the design of the house being proposed in the garden ground of The Mount, Coldingham, Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission.

The single storey dwelling in the grounds of the former youth hostel will have a flat planted roof, the house cut into the plateau at the top of the embankment. A new private access road will wrap around the existing building.

John Hayward, development control manager, said the design was “contemporary” but once completed it would be a “very unobtrusive building”.

He added: “It is an exciting design well suited to the unique setting.

“The modern design of the proposed development represents a sensitive addition to the character of its building group which is anchored by the Mount and does not cause significant demonstrable harm to the character and appearance of the setting of Coldingham Bay and the surrounding area.”

East Berwickshire Councillor Jim Fullarton commented that the design was “fantastic”.

And Councillor Michelle Ballantyne added: “I like the way this sits and disappears into the landscape.”

There were, however, 12 letters of objection to the planning application received by Scottish Borders Council, giving a total of 31 reasons why it should not go ahead.

In his report to the council’s planning committee, planning officer Scott Shearer said: “The present single track access road to the site which adjoins the Coldingham village to Coldingham Beach road is acknowledged as being in a substandard state of repair. This development would be the fifth new build to be accessed by this route and the road will need to be upgraded to an adoptable standard will be need to be carried out before the house can be built.”