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Historic pub plan appeal lodged

Crook Inn
An appeal has been lodged against the rejection of housing plans

An appeal has been lodged over a council's rejection of plans to turn an historic pub into housing.

Scottish Borders Council turned down an application in March to convert the Crook Inn at Tweedsmuir into four flats and a house.

Members of the Tweeddale Area Committee voted against the plan despite officials recommending approval.

Developers have appealed against that decision saying the plans would secure an "active future" for the building.

The pub - which dates back to the 17th Century - has been the subject of a lengthy planning struggle.

A local community trust has been set up and has expressed an interest in buying and running it as a business.

However, the owners have argued that it is no longer viable to run as a pub and hotel.

A hearing will now be required to decide the final fate of the building.

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