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Village expansion gains approval

Newtown St Boswells - Undiscovered Scotland
Newtown St Boswells currently has a population of about 1,200

Approval has been given for proposals which could more than double the population of a Borders village.

Buccleuch Property and Elphinstone Estates want to build 900 houses on land around Whitehill Farm to the south and west of Newtown St Boswells.

The current population of the village - where Scottish Borders Council has its headquarters - stands at about 1,200.

The scheme, estimated to cost £135m, was recommended for approval but with a lengthy list of conditions.

A small number of representations had been received against the plans.

They raised concerns about saturation of the housing market and effectively merging the villages of Newtown St Boswells and nearby St Boswells.

However, developers said they had gone to great lengths to propose a development which was in keeping with the area.

SBC's planning committee agreed to approve the outline application but with a number of conditions.

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