Developer plans 57 new homes in Duns

Plans for a new affordable housing estate in Duns have been submitted to planning chiefs.

Friday, 14th December 2018, 12:30 pm
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Elgin-based Springfield Properties wants to build 57 homes in Langtongate, Duns, on land to the north east of Berwickshire High School.

The field, currently agricultural grazing land, has been designated as a site for housing as part of Scottish Borders Council’s local development plan.

Land further to the east, behind the E & AJ Robertson coach hire company, has also been designated as suitable for future development.

A design statement submitted with the application reads: ‘The development proposal is for 57 new affordable homes comprising of two-storey, two bedroom cottage flats and two to three bedroom homes, terraces and semi-detached houses.

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‘There will be a new access to the development from Langtongate, with potential links to any future developments to the east of the site.’

Four years ago the Co-operative Group tried to build a large store there, but Scottish Borders Council officers rejected the application due to concerns over the viability of Duns town centre, and potential issues with parking and access.

Access to Springfield Properties’ proposed development would be just down the road to the entrance to Berwickshire High School.

The design statement continues: “The proposed vehicular accesses to the development comes from a road connection onto Langtongate.

“The streets within our proposals have been designed to create a sense of pedestrian priority. The vehicular route is interrupted with changes in direction encouraging traffic to slow.

“There are good pedestrian routes throughout the development, with pedestrian connections back to Langtongate, as well as a link to the adjacent high school and future link to the south of the development.

“There is a proposed future vehicular access point to the east of the development, to allow for any potential future expansion.

“The largest area of public open space sits to the south of the site, with a potential children’s play area.

“In addition, there is a landscaped square of green space close to the entrance to the site. This space is well overlooked by the houses, providing both an attractive outlook to the homes, and good natural surveillance.

“The site has additional open green spaces, including areas of incidental spaces with trees and/or shrub planting. Hedges will be positioned in areas to screen parking.”

Due to the size of the development, the application will be deliberated upon by members of Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee, which meets once a month.

The committee is made up of councillors, but council officers from the authority’s planning department provide recommendations to committee members.

Joseph Anderson, Local Democracy Reporting Service