SBC guilty of lack of consistency

I was confused to read that Scottish Borders Council’s landscape architect has called for refusal of the application to build a new ambulance station just north-west of Borders General Hospital.

In recent times planning consent has been given for a crematorium at the Wairds and housing development within the grounds of the former Dingleton Hospital, both within the National Scenic Area.

I saw comments from Scottish Natural Heritage on the Scottsdale development. SNH requested it be restricted to nine houses which should be screened by an earth bank planted with trees, and the houses finished to blend in to the background when viewed from the Eildons.

These conditions have been ignored and the development is very visually intrusive not only from the Eildon Hills, but also from Darnick, Gattonside and Tweedbank against the backdrop of the Eildons.

For the planning official to raise objection to the site at BGH suggests a lack of consistency in planning decisions.

Malcolm Ross

Westfield, Smailholm