Darnick homes plan passed by committee

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Despite a plea that eight homes on a site off a narrow road in Darnick was too many, councillors gave the scheme the green light this week.

The development, off Broomilees Road, has been in the pipeline for a decade, and was initially determined by the council back in 2006.

However, wrangles over a legal agreement were only completed earlier this year, at which point formal outline planning approval was finally given.

Subsequently, the developer, Melrose builder J. S. Crawford, submitted detailed plans for the site.

At Monday’s meeting of the planning committee, members heard from local resident Patricia Cowan, who appealed for the council to turn down the plan for eight single storey homes.

She added: “As a village we have absolutely no objection to housing being built on this site, but we feel four houses is more appropriate taking into account access arrangements.”

Mrs Cowan also argued that changing the road surface at the entrance of Broomilees Road to ‘block paving’ – to alert drivers to the lack of footpaths and encourage slower speeds - would cause “chaos” and make no improvement to the street.

Members of the committee were told that a planning reporter had accepted the site could accommodate eight houses, and that the developer’s move away from planned two-storey homes made the scheme acceptable.

Councillors voiced their approval of the plan, although concerns were raised about the need for changes to the road surface.

These were supported by roads planning officer Derek Inglis who suggested that just a small area of block paving would suffice at the junction.