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School land use scheme examined

Earlston High School artist's impression
A new high school is due to open in Earlston next year

Draft proposals for the future use of a high school site in the Borders are to be put out for public consultation.

A new building will replace Earlston High School enabling the council to sell the existing land.

A report to councillors has suggested the best use for the site would be to turn it over to housing - with room for about 60 properties.

A two-month period has been set aside to gauge public opinion on what should be constructed on the land.

The new high school is to open in autumn 2009 on a nearby site.

It will leave a large slice of land in the town open for redevelopment.

A council report said that housing would be the most appropriate use but added that some retail development might be acceptable.

Scottish Borders Council will now consult with the public over the potential uses for the land.

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