More than 30 affordable family homes are to be built on a greenfield site in Jedburgh.
Scottish Borders Council has approved an application from Kelso-based developer M&J Ballantyne to build 32 homes offering two, three or four bedrooms and two two-bedroom flats on land east of Howden Drive, to the rear of Howdenburn Court.
The site is within the catchment area for Parkside Primary School, Howdenburn Primary and Jedburgh Grammar, but all three schools are to be replaced by a new intergenerational campus at Hartrigge Park in 2020.
Jedburgh councillor Scott Hamilton welcomed the new development, and he expects the new school, for pupils aged two to 18, will prove an added attraction for families planning to move into the proposed properties.
He said: “I welcome this new development and the investment it will bring with it into the town.
“I’m sure the super-school will attract families and young children to move into the town.”
A total of 46 neighbouring residents were consulted about the application, submitted by Galashiels-based Aitken Turnbull Architects on behalf of Eildon Homes, with only one matter raised in regard to the potential loss of light to a property in Howdenburn Court.
That was a concern not upheld by Euan Calvert, the council’s assistant planning officer.
He said: “I consider these house proposals to be a good response to the site and the surrounding architecture.
“ The building form is simple and appropriate in the scale of the site.
“The designs are no slavish reproductions of vernacular, nor are they consistent with the character and appearance of the adjacent estates.
“The variety of houses ensures a mixed composition of rooflines which will ensure that the street will appear with variety and added interest.
“The designs are appropriate for the neighbouring estate and historic character of Jedburgh.”