Housing boost for Borders

EILDON Housing Association has announced plans to build a total of affordable 34 homes in two Borders towns.

The social landlord plans to construct 16 houses in Peebles at the current site of Dunwhinny Nursing Home, which is due to be demolished, while an application for 18 homes on the former garden allotments at Abbotsford Grove in Kelso has also been submitted.

Both are set to be a mix of social and mid-market rented family homes.

“Both developments, when complete, will continue Eildon’s commitment to providing high-quality family homes in key locations,” said a spokesperson for the housing group.

Peebles councillor Catriona Bhatia added: “These homes are part of the Peebles Housing Strategy and will be affordable family homes to rent which are desperately needed in the town, where the waiting list for this type of accommodation is the highest in the Borders.

“They are already included in the Local Plan and the benefit to those who will be housed here will far outweigh any impact on the local infrastructure.”

If approved, the Peebles development is due for completion in spring 2014, with the Kelso scheme finished a year later.

A decision on both Eildon applications is due by the end of next month.