New social housing development planned in Coldstream

Homes are planned for the old Rutherford Court on Duns Road

Plans have been revealed for a 59-unit housing development on former industrial land in Coldstream.

A Pre-Application Consultation (Pac) document has been submitted to the Scottish Borders Council by Simon Smith, of Morpeth-based SinCera Retail Solutions Ltd, for the redevelopment of the former Rutherford Yard on Duns Road.

Billed as a “major housing development”, the plan is to redevelop areas currently occupied by James Brown and Sons, which operates as a scrap yard, along unused land to the north.

The development will provide properties of mixed sizes and meet a “large number of occupancy demands in the area”.

Accommodation will range from one-bedroom bungalows to five/six person homes and will also include three/four person accommodation in the form of townhouses and townhouses.

A report submitted with the Pac said: ‘When completed, the development will consist entirely of social housing and no private purchases will form part of the sale of units. A local social housing association has agreed to purchase the 59 units.

“Green spaces have been carefully considered and will be maximized throughout the development with an appropriate level of parking provided, including dedicated disabled parking spaces.

“An electric vehicle charging point will also be part of the parking lot in the proposed development. A sizable secure bike store is planned for the development, along with a discrete bin storage unit.

It is now expected that two public consultation events will take place prior to the submission of a formal planning application, the Border Telegraph reported.

The report adds: “In addition to the public consultations, we intend to present an overview of the development to the Coldstream Community Council at one of their monthly meetings.

“We will also generate a basic website to provide development information and increase content during development.”

Scottish Borders Council will respond to the Pac report in a few weeks.

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