Woodburn House Hotel set to drop last name

PROPOSALS have been unveiled to convert the former Woodburn House Hotel into four houses.

And on Monday, the community council leant its support to the plans which have been submitted for consideration to Scottish Borders Council by Brian Revels, of Wellwood, who is the legal owner of the property in Heatherlie Park, Selkirk.

Ian King said the community council’s planning group which he chairs had visited the site and all had agreed that the fine listed building should be brought back into proper functional use.

“The building has fine examples of ornate architecture, so we hope its external features will be kept intact,” said Mr King.

Mr Revel’s planning application confirms that the external render, the grey slates and the white sash and case windows will be retained during the conversion.

He also seeks provision for eight parking places, compared to the dozen offered when the hotel was opened.

Mr King stated: “Local planning policy demands two parking spaces per dwelling and a fraction more. I think the community council should tell SBC that eight should be a bare minimum.

“The access at the road end is not great, but it could be fairly argued that more cars used it when it was a hotel.”

The community council agreed to endorse the plans.

z If the conversion is carried out then the hotel will be reverting to its former use as domestic accomodation.

As Woodburn House it was home to the respected local historian T. Craig Brown whose History of Selkirkshire was published in 1886 and which remains a popular research tool for those interested in the town and county of bygone days.

Craig Brown was honoured when a street – Craig Brown Avenue – was given his name.