Borders mart expansion plans submitted to council planners

H&H Group CEO Richard Rankine at Newtown St Boswells mart.
H&H Group CEO Richard Rankine at Newtown St Boswells mart.

Plans to transform Newtown’s auction mart into a rural hub were submitted to Scottish Borders Council planning bosses this week.

The expansion, expected to cost between £5m and £15m, is being proposed by current mart operator Harrison and Hetherington (H&H).

It’s proposing a mixed-use development including buildings for retail, housing and leisure use.

The Cumbrian-based firm hopes to completely revamp the mart, just off the A68, as well as building a new development on adjacent land.

The firm’s agent, Galashiels-based Ferguson Planning, said: “The current mart is no longer fit for purpose. Without investment, the auction mart will not survive in the long term.

“Through the proposed plans, H&H Group believes that it can revitalise the mart, the town and provide a significant boost to the agricultural industry in the Borders.”

The plans going before planning chiefs have split the site into four development areas.

The north-east one contains units that will host a mix of rural business uses; the south-east section hosts proposed agricultural education facilities and land; the north-west part is proposed to contain 100-plus residential units along with a hotel and shops; and the south-west section includes the existing auction mart and residential, retail, agriculture and transport facilities.

Read more about the plans here: https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/plans-go-in-for-newtown-mart-redevelopment-which-could-cost-up-to-15m-1-4873132