Drop-in and workshop sessions for new Local Development Plan

Drop-in and workshop sessions for new Local Development Plan

A series of drop-in and workshop sessions will be held across the Borders to discuss the next Local Development Plan.

As part of the process for preparing a new Local Development Plan, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) must produce what is known as a Main Issues Report (MIR).

The MIR will set out the important issues for consideration, which will be fed into the Proposed Plan for the area.

A wide range of issues can be considered including identification of housing land, regenerating town centres, employment land provision, protection of greenspace, promotion of quality building design, wind farms and addressing climate change.

The Council is inviting all interested parties to one of its drop-in sessions and workshops across eight towns and villages.

The drop-in sessions run from 2pm to 5pm and workshops begin at 6pm, unless otherwise stated.

The dates and venues are:

Thursday 21 September – Community Centre, Eyemouth
Tuesday 26 September – Town Hall, Kelso
Wednesday 27 September – Tesco Foyer, Galashiels (drop-in session)
Wednesday 27 September – Transport Interchange, Galashiels (workshop session)
Thursday 28 September – Burgh Hall, Peebles
Tuesday 3 October – Heritage Hub, Hawick
Thursday 5 October – Council Chamber, Duns
Tuesday 10 October – Pop-up Shop, 1 Tower Street, Selkirk (Drop-in session)
Tuesday 10 October – Community Connections, Back Row, Selkirk (workshop session)
Thursday 12 October – Council Chamber, Newtown St Boswells (workshop only 2pm to 4pm).

Councillor Tom Miers, SBC’s Executive Member for Planning and Environment, said: “The Local Development Plan covers a wide range of matters which impact on many aspects of life in the Borders, which is why it is important people come along to these upcoming consultation events.

“The Local Development Plan places further emphasis on high quality design, and encouraging the right kind of development to enhance our environment and improve our economic prospects.

“The interests of local people, the economy and the environment in the Borders are complementary, and the plan will seek to reinforce that connection.

“It will also aim to promote activity within our town centres, as well as protecting our key green spaces within and around towns and villages.”

The workshop events will be able to accommodate up to 30 participants and will last around two hours.

If anyone wishes to attend one of the workshop sessions please contact the Council in advance by e-mail localplan@scotborders.gov.uk or by letter to Scottish Borders Council, Forward Planning Team, Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA.

Date of Publication: 19th September