Garden centre owner lodges bid for 40 homes

The first scheme to expand the village of Newtown St Boswells south has been submitted to the council by the owner of Milestone Garden Centre.

A full planning application for 40 houses, including 10 affordable units, has been lodged by Milestone Garden and Leisure, which is owned by St Boswells businessman Ross Allan.

The proposed site lies to the south east of the garden centre, between it and the unclassified road to Whitehill Farm.

In a design statement submitted along with the application, the applicant’s agent states: “Our client is greatly aware that this proposal would be the first site within the expansion area of Newtown St Boswells, and the aim of the proposal is to be the high-quality scheme that sets the precedent for other sites that follow within the expansion programme.”

Mr Allan is also seeking permission to expand the garden centre itself, create nine business/start-up units and also create a gym on a new upper floor of the premises.

However, in a document submitted along with the garden centre application, Mr Allan states the £2.5m development would only be possible if the housing plans are given the go-ahead.

He adds that the expansion of the garden centre could at least double the number of jobs on the site to 80.

The application for the homes is proposing the erection of 30 three-bedroom units, seven four-bed homes and three five-bedroom houses.

Detailed landscaping plans have also been submitted along with the application, including that along the boundary to the A68 to provide ‘visual and acoustic protection’.

Earlier this year the boundary of the Newtown and Eildon Community Council area was extended to include the area to the south of the village.