Auction marts at Skipton and St Boswells have announced development plans at their sites.
At St Boswells, in the Scottish Borders, owners H&H Group announced plans which could bring new homes, businesses and upgraded facilities to the site as well as improve facilities at the mart to create an ‘integrated rural community hub’.
The development will be on land surrounding the mart, with new offices at the mart, which will remain on its current site.
Brian Richardson, chief executive of H&H said they had been successful with similar projects at other sites.
“We were very clear when we acquired the business about our ongoing and future commitment to farmers in the Borders and the mart in Newtown St Boswells, and this is exactly what we are demonstrating.”
The project was in the first stage of the planning process, which H&H expected to take at least 12 months.
The development would take place over several years and he added they were already in talks with businesses about moving to the site.
Skipton Auction Mart was currently developing a new sales ring complex, with the current Lingfields ring being replaced by a sheep ring and a calf and stirk sale ring.
The project was expected to be complete by mid-March ready for spring sales.
A double-sided cattle lotting race was also being installed to improve the speed of processing when cattle arrive, as well as enhance safety.
Craven Cattle Marts’ livestock sales manager Ted Ogden said: “With the continued success of sheep and rearing calf sales at Skipton, these new facilities will provide our customers with an up-to-date, modern and comfortable resource to trade livestock, with improved sight lines to stock being sold.
“We will also have the added capability to hold concurrent sales in each ring.”