Scottish Borders Council

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Tweedbank - Update on City Deal - Lowood

Meeting: 20/12/2018 - Scottish Borders Council (Item 8)

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Consider report by Executive Director.  (Copy attached.)

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With reference to paragraph 8 of the minute of 28 June 2018, there had been circulated copies of a joint report by the Executive Director and Service Director Assets and Infrastructure providing an update on the development of all projects being undertaken at Tweedbank together with an update on the concluded acquisition of Lowood Estate.   The report explained that this was the first opportunity to provide a single update on all of the Tweedbank projects in the public domain, a number of the previous reports having been considered in private given the commercial nature of the issues being addressed. The report detailed the current position in respect of the four Council owned sites in Tweedbank, the acquisition of Lowood Estate, the development of the Tweedbank Masterplan, the City Deal and economic development associated with the Borders Railway Blueprint.  The Executive Director provided further information and advised that the Scottish Government had now confirmed funding for site 1.  Economic data would continue to be updated and Supplementary Guidance on the development of the Lowood Estate would be developed.  The Convener reminded Members that they should not raise any matter previously included in a private report and in response to a question on the content of a statement by Councillor Bell the Chief Legal Officer advised that she had been consulted in advance of the meeting and considered that it contained no confidential matters.  Members discussed the various projects, and views both for and against the acquisition of the Lowood site were expressed.  With regard to the City Deal it was anticipated that the full business case would be available for Council consideration at the meeting on 31 January 2019 with any necessary amendments being brought to the 28 February meeting.



(a)        NOTED:-


          (i)      the content of the report and the progress of development in respect of the projects at Tweedbank;


          (ii)     the details of the acquisition of Lowood Estate; and


          (iii)   the continued development of the City Deal proposals


(b)     AGREED the proposed timing of report(s) to Council in respect of considering the Full City Deal Business Case.



Councillor Aitchison left the meeting.




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