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Minute. pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Minute of Meeting held on 11 January 2021 to be approved and signed by the Chairman.  (Copy attached.)


.         Minute

There had been circulated copies of the Minute of the Meeting held on 11 January 2021.



         APPROVED for signature by the Chairman.






         Councillor Richards left the meeting following consideration of Application 20/00789/S36 - Whitelaw Brae Wind Farm, Fruid, Tweedsmuir.



Declarations of Interest.



Councillor Laing declared an interest in Application 20/01133/FUL – Land South East of 12 The Orchard, Reston in terms of Section 5 of the Councillors Code of Conduct and left the meeting prior to the discussion.



Applications. pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Consider the following applications for planning permission:-

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.           ApplicationS

There had been circulated copies of reports by the Chief Planning and Housing Officer on applications for planning permission requiring consideration by the Committee.



            DEALT with the applications as detailed in Appendix l to this Minute.



Updated Supplementary Planning Guidance:Planning Brief - Former Borders College, Galashiels pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Consider report by Chief Planning & Housing Officer (Copy attached.)

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            There had been circulated copies of a report by the Chief Planning and Housing Officer which sought approval of updated Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) in the form of a Planning Brief for the Former Borders College site on Melrose Road, Galashiels. If approved, the Guidance would become a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.  The Planning Brief would replace a Planning Brief previously adopted in 2009 for the site which was out of date on a number of component parts.  The updated SPG would ensure reference to up to date policies and site requirements to be addressed which would help provide relevant guidance to enable the satisfactory development of the site.  Colliers requested that the original Planning Brief be updated as they were marketing the site and eager to encourage the redevelopment of the derelict site and provided an initial draft.  It was proposed that the updated Supplementary Planning Guidance be subject to public consultation for a period of 6 weeks.  Following consultation, it was intended that if substantive comments were received a report would be brought back to the Planning and Building Standards Committee to seek final agreement.  Mr Johnston was present via Microsoft Teams and detailed the background to the site and highlighted the main changes to the brief.  He thereafter answered Members questions and undertook to check the ownership of an area of trees to the south of the site.    He also commented on the difficulties of bringing old buildings back into use and the difficulty of preserving them when they were not listed.





(a)          The document as updated Supplementary Planning Guidance in the form of a Planning Brief (Appendix A) to the report to be used as a basis for six week public consultation; and


(b)          that authority be delegated to the Chief Planning and Housing Officer to approve the final document as Supplementary Planning Guidance if there were no substantive comments arising from the public consultation.



Appeals and Reviews. pdf icon PDF 146 KB

Consider report by Service Director Regulatory Services.  (Copy attached.)


6.            Appeals and Reviews

There had been circulated copies of a briefing note by the Chief Planning Officer on Appeals to the Scottish Ministers and Local Reviews. 



              NOTED that:-


(a)       the Reporter had sustained appeals against refusal in respect of :-


(i)           the erection of poultry building, upgrade of access junction, formation of access road, and associated works (Shed 5) at Hutton Hall Barns, Hutton– 20/00347/FUL; and


(ii)          the erection of poultry building and associated works (Shed 6) at Hutton Hall Barns, Hutton – 20/00347/FUL


(b)       there remained outstanding two appeals previously reported on which decisions were still awaited when the report was prepared on 21 January 2021. 


·            Land North West of Willowdean House, Foulden

·               Land North East of Burnside, Lower Green, West Linton


(c)        a review had been received in respect of the erection of a dwellinghouse with integral garage on Land North East of Balcladach, Easter Ulston, Jedburgh – 20/00956/PPP;


(d)       there remained one review previously reported on which a decision was still awaited when the report was prepared on 21 January 2021  2021 and related to the site at:


  • Garden Ground of Clifton Cottage, High Street, Kirk Yetholm


(e)       there remained 3 S36 PLI’s previously reported on which decisions were still awaited when the report was prepared on 21 January 2021 and related to sites at:


·            Crystal Rigg Wind Farm, Cranshaws, Duns





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