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Minute. pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Minute of Meeting held on 26 April 2021 to be approved and signed by the Chairman.  (Copy attached.)


1.      Minute

There had been circulated copies of the Minute of the Meeting held on 26 April 2021.



         APPROVED for signature by the Chairman.



Application. pdf icon PDF 835 KB

Consider an application for planning permission in respect of the erection of 2 glamping pods on Land North West of Drummonds Hall, Lauder – 20/01024/FUL.  (Copy attached.)

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



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




            Councillor Anderson left the meeting.



Appeals and Reviews. pdf icon PDF 154 KB

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


3.0    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.  Mr Fotheringham advised that, following feedback from a member of the public that the summary in respect of 20/00067/FUL Land North West of Willowdean House, Foulden was incomplete, an amended summary had been included.



              NOTED that:-


(a)       Appeals had been dismissed in respect of:-


(i)     the Erection of 22 dwelling houses with new access road and associated work on Land East of Knapdale, 54 Edinburgh Road, Peebles – 20/00753/FUL; and


(ii)  the Erection of 52 holiday lodges with office reception, shop and formation of associated roads and parking on Land North West of Willowdean House, Foulden – 20/00067/FUL


(b)       There remained one appeal previously reported on which a decision was still awaited when the report was prepared on 20 May 2021 and related to the site at:


  • Land West of 8 Ballantyne Place, Peebles


(c)       review requests had been received in respect of:-


(i)           replacement windows and door at Linden, Causewayend, Ancrum – 20/00962/FUL;


(ii)          the Erection of dwelling houses with associated access on site East of Dogcraig Cottage, Scotsmill, Peebles – 20/01350/PPP;


(iii)         erection of dwelling house on Land East of the Bungalow, Edington, Chirnside – 21/00045/FUL;


(iv)         erection of dwelling house on Land West of the Old Barn Westware, West Linton – 21/00295/PPP;


(d)       The decision of the appointed Officer had been upheld in respect of the erection of boundary fence (retrospective) at 1 Raeburn Lane, Selkirk – 20/01234/FUL


(e)       There remained one review previously reported on which a decision was still awaited when the report was prepared on 20 May 2021 and related to the site at:


·           Angling Club, 5 Sandbed, Hawick



(f)        There remained one S36 PLI previously reported on which a decision was still awaited when the report was prepared on 20 May 2021 and related to:-


·               Crystal Rigg Wind Farm, Cranshaws, Duns



Supplementary Planning Guidance: Tweedbank - Vision for Growth and Sustainability pdf icon PDF 169 KB

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           4.1     The Chief Planning Officer, Mr Aikman accompanied by Mrs Ruthven, Planning officer  presented the report by the Executive Director Corporate Improvement & Economy, which had previously been circulated and explained that a 34ha site was allocated within the Council’s adopted Local Development Plan (LDP) 2016 to the north of Tweedbank for mixed use development which included housing and business uses.  The site was incorporated into the LDP as part of Supplementary Guidance (SG) on Housing, as required by the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division of the Scottish Government following Examination of the LDP.   The Housing SG was approved by the Council and was cleared by Scottish Ministers in November 2017.  The LDP stipulated the requirement for Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) to be provided for the site.  The purpose of the SPG was to set out the Council’s vision for the site and gives greater clarity on measures to achieve a high quality development.  This included identifying site constraints to be addressed, the identification of zones for specific uses, indicative housing densities for the residential zones, a possible area for a care home facility, placemaking and design guidance and a pre-application checklist.


4.2     A draft version of the SPG was approved by the Council in January 2020 as the basis for consultation.  A 12 week public consultation followed thereafter which included a public exhibition in the Tweedbank Community Centre.  All representations received during the consultation period were summarised in a table within Appendix B along with Officer responses to the representations submitted.  The table also confirmed changes to the SPG proposed by Officers in response to the representations received and the consequent amended version of the SPG was included in Appendix A to the report.


4.3     Although the Draft SPG incorporated a section on placemaking and design it was considered this should be expanded upon and consequently a Design Guide had been prepared which gave more detailed advice along with good practice examples and references other related material considerations.   The Guide would help ensure a high quality sustainable development which was sensitively designed within the attractive landscape setting of the site and met the Councils aspirations for a high quality community for the future. The Design Guide was attached as Appendix C to the report.


4.4     In considering the purchase of Lowood Estate it had been agreed that all future strategic decisions relating to the Estate would be considered by Council. Consequently the final approval of the SPG / Design Guide required to be made by Council.  At the meeting of the Council in January 2020 it was agreed that at the conclusion of the consultation period all consultation responses and any proposed consequential amendments to the Draft SPG would be reported initially to the Planning and Building Standards Committee for their review and comment.  Thereafter the SPG and any comments from the Planning & Building Standards Committee would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Technical Paper: Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 - National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4): Housing Land Requirement Consultation



5.1      There had been circulated copies of a report which sought approval for the response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the proposed housing numbers/targets and methodology for their calculation to be incorporated in the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4), which was scheduled for publication in Autumn 2021.


5.2   The response was an interim measure and there would be further opportunities to review and confirm the final figure in due course as a result of the publication of the draft NPF4 and the production of guiding documents yet to be finalised such as the Housing Need and Demand Assessment 3 (HNDA). The deadline for the response to be submitted to Scottish Government was 4June 2021. The Principal Officer, Plans and Research answered Members questions.



AGREED the proposed response to amend the initial default estimates contained within the Scottish Government’s consultation to increase the housing land requirement to be 440 units per annum with a 10 year requirement of land for 4,400 homes.




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