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Final round of pub struggle looms

Crook Inn
An appeal hearing will decide the fate of the Crook Inn

An appeal hearing will take place in November to decide the fate of the historic Crook Inn in the Borders.

Businessman James Doonan bought the famous hotel in 2006 and hoped to convert the building into housing.

His application was refused by Tweeddale Area Committee but he appealed against that decision.

A hearing to decide whether or not the Tweedsmuir development can go ahead will now be held at the Burgh Hall in Peebles on 18 November.

The building has been the subject of a lengthy planning dispute.

First refusal

Local residents have formed the Tweedsmuir Community Company and claim they could run the property as a business.

Their campaign received a boost this summer when they were granted a right to buy the property by the Scottish Government.

It would allow the group first refusal on the inn, at an independently valued price, whenever it is put up for sale.

However, they must await the outcome of the appeal hearing later this year which could rule the housing development can proceed.

The owners have argued that the site is no longer viable to run as a pub and hotel.

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