Homes plan at Hutton Castle Barns approved
Councillors have overturned a rejected planning application that will see 11 new homes developed right next to agricultural land.
Geoffrey Bain, of Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, is planning to convert listed agricultural buildings at Hutton Castle Barns, near Hutton, into numerous dwellings, complete with gardens and a small car park.
However, planning officers at Scottish Borders Council initially rejected the proposals due to the close proximity of a working farm, which includes a bordering grain storage and hay bales stacked up along the side of the property.
Councillors heard that the initial application included a new dwelling bordering the grain storage, which officers felt could cause problems if the farm owners decided to use the storage for livestock.
In his appeal, Mr Bain submitted a revised planning application which omitted the dwelling closest to the grain storage and eliminated some of the road access issues that officers had also flagged up.
East Berwickshire councilor Jim Fullarton said he agreed with the original rejection, but would be supporting the revised application as it omitted the building closest to the farm: “We have to look at this as a working farm. The key thing that there is here is a sense of place.
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“The impact on the people which will live in these conversions will be large. There is intensive poultry farming around this area.
“It’s good that there will now be a separation between the farm and the residential properties. I’m also supportive of the fact that this will save an old listed building.”
Mr Fullarton also made reference to the balance of objectors and supporters of the proposals: “The supporters of this application seem much more diverse than the objectors, who all seem to be associated with the MacLean family which owns the neighbouring farm.”
In total, the planning application received 13 letters of support and six objections.
Joseph Anderson, Local Democracy Reporting Service