Planning for jobs

I agree with A Nichol (letters, February 10) that the planning process is confusing.

I also agree that councillors should consider jobs as an important factor, but the wider, longer-term picture should also be taken into account.

In Newcastleton there is land available under the five-year plan for housing, and building should go ahead on that space rather than shoehorning houses into unsuitable garden spaces. I assume that other areas in the Borders have allocated building land and the question should be why that land isn’t being used to create jobs in the building industry.

Robert Stead