First phase bid for Easter Langlee

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THE first stage of a controversial housing development at Langlee has been submitted to Scottish Borders Council.

A total of 118 homes are planned for two fields at Easter Langlee by Bathgate-based firm Persimmon Homes.

The UK’s second biggest housebuilder plans to eventually build 450 homes on the huge site from the Langshaw Road (C77) in the west to the Pavilion and Housebyres estates in the east, and south to north from the main B6374 road to Melrose to the outskirts of Scottish Borders Council’s landfill site.

Previous planning bids in 2007 for 493 houses on the land attracted 20 objections from members of the public, most notably the neighbouring Coppersknowe estate.

The first stage of the development went out to a three-month public consultation earlier this year, and heard concerns over the C77 road.

A spokesperson for the Coopersknowe and Easter Langlee Residents Association, who demanded safety barriers be built along the road, wrote: “Concern(ed) about C77 being able to cope initially with heavy construction vehicles – bearing in mind there will also be the Easter Langlee recycling plant under construction at the same time – and then the extra vehicles when the houses are occupied.”

But the consultation report indicated there would be no improvements to the current C77 layout until after the first stage is completed.

It said: “We have enclosed a full traffic assessment as part of our planning application which detail no concerns over the existing network, up to the occupation of our 120th unit.

“This was agreed with the roads department of Scottish Borders Council.”