House plan approved near Norham
Scottish Borders Council's planning committee has voted in principle to approve plans to build a house in Horndean, near Norham.
The proposed development, which met with several objections from eight different households, would see an area of farmland in the settlement turned into a house and garden.
Landowner and planning applicant Robert Sloane said most of the concerns had been extremely exaggerated.
Objecting to the proposals, the Reverend Alistair MacKichan, a resident of Horndean, said: “We live in one of the three properties facing this plot.
“Horndean’s eight letters of objection have an underlying theme, and, I quote, the proposed development will have an adverse impact on the current amenities of the local residents.
“The loss of open space, together with the incongruity of a modern build in the centre of the settlement, would be incredibly detrimental to the sense of place.”
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Responding to those objections, landowner and planning applicant Robert Sloane said: “I’m not going to try and respond to every comment made here today, but most of them have been extremely exaggerated.
“I am sure that I can assume that members of the committee have read my submissions and the objections lodged with the planning department, and most of these cover what has been said by the previous speaker.
“Three households have repeatedly submitted objections, and I have been made aware that Horndean residents have been strongly lobbied to object to this application and have been given false information about me and my intentions.”
Councillors voted unanimously to approve the proposal in principle.
Borders Local Democracy Reporter