Lamberton decision reversed on review
A decision to refuse planning permission for a four-bedroom house at a site north east of Lamberton Church has been overturned.
Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee previously rejected Malcolm Pearson’s plans, claiming the proposed building does not sit within a building group and that it would have an adverse impact on the setting of the nearby church.
Mr Pearson and his wife moved to Spain several years ago, however, now fear the impact of Brexit, hoping to build the house in case they have to return to the UK.
Members of the council’s local review body decided on Monday that the property would fit within a housing group and that the house would not impact the church setting with conditions in place.
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Members voted five against and three in favour of overruling the rejection with conditions in place. They include requirements for the building’s colouring, protection of trees and potential screening.
Kelso and District councillor, Simon Mountford, said: “I accept that there is a building group there and the proposed development is within 20 metres of the nearest property so I don’t think it would spread the building group unduly.”
However, Galashiels councillor, Sandy Aitchison, added: “The house is too prominent against the others and sticks out like a sore thumb.”