Housing plan put on hold

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a £15 million housing development close to Abbotsford House, the historic home of Sir Walter Scott, were put on hold yesterday.

Councillors voted 6-5 to continue the application to build 91 luxury houses in a field opposite the Borders estate on the north bank of the River Tweed until next month.

Planning officials had recommended approval of the plans and said the housing would be screened from Abbotsford by large trees. But committee members wanted more details on the density and standard of the houses proposed on the site on the outskirts of Galashiels, Selkirkshire.

The plans have met opposition from bodies such as the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Save Scott's Countryside, who feel that the housing would ruin the beautiful landscape.

However, a motion to reject the application from the Kelso-based developers M&J Ballantyne was rejected yesterday at a meeting of Scottish Borders Council.

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