The plan will develop a new town centre for Newtown St Boswells alongside mart development
H&H have submitted a Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP) for the regeneration of Newtown St Boswell’s auction mart site.
The plan intends to release underutilised mart land to create a new town centre, with retail and leisure facilities, as well as residential developments.
Newtown St Boswells is a Scottish Borders market town which has, since 1871, grown and evolved around the railway and its mart. The mart used the railway to transport livestock to the cities.
The proposal also includes new sales rings, animal handling faciltiies and under-cover pennage at St Boswells auction mart, as well as moving the entrance.
H&H said the idea had received considerable approval from local people.
Richard Rankin, chief executive of H&H Group, said the plans were vital to the mart’s development and a great opportunity for other rural businesses and the town.
“We would aim to improve and enhance on the current facilities in the town and in submitting these plans, the intention is to create a busy town centre and rural hub for the surrounding communities.
“This is not a brand-new initiative, the town requires new housing stock, ideally in the more affordable category and the mart land has been earmarked for development for almost 15 years.
“We believe there is an opportunity to use a new junction onto the A68 to unlock this potential and attract business and businesses to the Mart. Our ambition is to create a centre of excellence for rural services in the Scottish Borders.”
Following on from the public consultations and this week’s submission of the planning application, H&H along with Cadell Property, will be conducting ongoing dialogue with the local community during the course of the application and beyond.
Jack Cadell, Managing Director of Cadell Property, said: “We have taken on board the comments raised during the consultation and have included many of these in our plans.
“The mart in its existing form, is dated and requires modernization to bring it to the right quality for modern-day cattle and sheep sales.
“Working with our experienced mart team and local farmers, we have integrated existing facilities with modern facilities re-orientating the Mart to face North and link with the A68.
“We are pleased that we can retain the listed Auction Mart ring which we hope will be of interest for some sort of community use.
“When completed, Newtown St Boswells Mart will be one of the most cutting-edge Marts in Scotland and something which this vibrant town can be very proud of and rural businesses and local people alike can benefit from.”
Further details about the plans can be found on the Scottish Borders Council website at: eplanning.scotborders.gov.uk/online-applications/.