Peebles caravan park owners plan for 200 houses on Rosetta Road site

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THE MILTON-Keynes operators of a caravan park in Peebles plans to build up to 200 homes at the site.

Bridge Leisure took over the management of the park last year and hope to upgrade facilities.

And it says to help pay for the revamp it plans to develop the area fronting Rosetta Road for housing.

Myriam Hengesch, of planning consultant Savill’s, said: “It’s quite a big park so in order to provide the improvements, Bridge Leisure is looking at releasing some of the land for housing at the Rosetta Road end which is the least visible. This [200 houses] is an estimated number... [and] is not fixed as we are currently carrying out detailed technical assessments which will inform the final number.”

Ms Hengesch said the company had submitted a proposal of application notice to Scottish Borders Council.

The proposals so far include plans for a café and shop, as well as the houses.

Ms Hengesch said: “We are looking at having better facilities and bringing the park more up to date.”

The developers are holding a drop-in exhibition of the proposals at the town’s Eastgate Theatre from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, November 23.

Ms Hengesch said: “We want people to come and look at the plans and make comments.

“Through careful design we will be able to mitigate any adverse impacts and with input from the local community we hope to ensure the new holiday park helps bring as many additional visitors to Peebles as possible.”

Community councillor Amanda Kubie said the council welcomed plans to improve the park’s facilities but that it was concerned about the housing development because of access.

She said: “We can’t see that the roads there will support 200 houses, given that Violet Bank on the opposite side of the road is being developed and 50 houses are going there, unless there is a second crossing over the Tweed.”