Dryburgh cottage transformation given go-ahead

Spa treatment rooms are included in the house plans
Spa treatment rooms are included in the house plans

A PLAN to transform a cottage in Dryburgh Village to include a hydrotherapy pool and spa treatment rooms has been given the green light by the council’s planning department, writes Adam Drummond.

The planning application for alterations to Rose Cottage, the creation of an underground link to an outbuilding and its conversion was approved by council officers.

The cottage is owned by Robert Seaton, a director of Bourne Leisure, which owns Butlins, Haven Holidays and Warner Hotels, but the application was submitted by Galashiels architects Aitken Turnbull, who were named as applicants and agents.

According to the application the whole development is residential, despite the inclusion of a pool, several spa treatment rooms and a ‘juice bar’ in the scheme.

The frontage of the new extension to the existing house, below ground level living area and converted outbuildings will be extensively glazed to maximise the views from the prominent site over the River Tweed and footbridge.

Planning conditions have been attached to the approval, including one seeking to ensure the retention of a hedge on the roadside which will screen a large part of the development.

No objections or representations were received by the council during the consultation period.