Hutton Castle Barns homes plan refused

The conversion of agricultural buildings and development of 11 houses on land at Hutton Castle Barns has been refused by Scottish Border Council.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 21 February, 2018, 10:34
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The application attracted letters of support from 12 households and six letters of objection.

Hutton and Paxton Community Council supported the application for the agricultural buildings to be developed, saying: “Residents at Hutton Castle Barns, whom we represent are, in the majority, very much in favour of the proposal. Conversely, we note that the source of a number of objections are not from Hutton Castle Barns itself.”

Concluding that the development would be in conflict with a working farm and the proposed development would not be compatible with neighbouring uses, the council’s planning officer said: “The potential benefits of the proposed development are clear. The opportunity to secure a suitable long-term use for these listed buildings is acknowledged and must be given significant weight. The potential social and economic benefits of rehabilitating this brownfield site and delivering new housing in the area are also key considerations.

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“These benefits do not however override the planning authority’s responsibility to ensure new housing is afforded modern standards of residential amenity.”

The applicant is now considering asking for a review.