Peebles housing plan lodged for prominent site

PLANS have been submitted for a housing development on land below Peebles Hydro and adjacent to the A72.

A total of 34 homes would be built on the empty site, which lies just opposite the town’s Gytes playing fields. These would be 13 detached houses and 21 apartments.

Tony Thomas, agent for the applicants, Trustees of the McMillan Pension Fund, told The Southern: “The site lies within the settlement boundary of Peebles and sits between land that has already been developed for housing.

“As such the principle of development is acceptable, with the key issues being the proposals’ impact on both the listed Peebles Hydro Hotel building group and the Peebles conservation area, coupled with the positive impact the development could have on the approach to town centre as well as providing much needed, high quality homes and apartments.”

The developers consulted locally on initial design proposal, with the town’s civic society expressing concerns about it being an overdevelopment of the site.

Application documents also state concerns were raised about the prospect of apartments being offered as affordable housing.