The Conservation Area of Cockburnspath covers most of the historic core of the settlement. As an attractive picturesque settlement, Cockburnspath has many significant properties that contribute greatly to the character of the Conservation Area.
The Cockburnspath Conservation Area has retained many of the distinctive townscape characteristics that provides its sense of place.
The dwellinghouses of the original village appear to have been grouped around a market square of which the old Mercat (market) cross still forms the central feature.
Properties range from pantiled, single storey outbuildings that line the east side of the Kirk yard, to storey and a half, and two storeys in height around The Square.
While there are some detached properties there are also many properties built in rows. While all of the details highlighted above are important and contribute greatly to the character of Cockburnspath they do not do so in isolation.
The use of building materials and architectural details are just as important. Sandstone, harling, pantiles and slate all help to form the character. Architectural details such as transom lights, sash and case windows, bay windows, skews, exposed timberwork and rybats all add to the character.
Any new development must therefore aim to contribute to the existing character of the Conservation Area.
There are seven listed buildings within the amended Conservation Area of which three are category A including the Mercat Cross (also a Scheduled Ancient Monument).
Designation, adoption and boundary information
Alterations to the Cockburnspath Conservation Area boundary from that shown in the Berwickshire Local Plan (1994) consist of the inclusion of Meadow House, the exclusion of the telephone exchange, Bethshean, Cockburnspath Garage, number one and number two The Mount, Bridgend and the Club. General tidying of the boundary is also proposed so that it follows elements on the ground.