Galashiels Masterplan consultation events

Published: 17th May 2017

People walking in Galashiels.
Wooden boardwalk on River Tweed at Tweedbank

We are inviting local businesses to a focussed consultation on the new masterplan for Galashiels on Wednesday 24 May.

As part of the Borders Railway Blueprint programme, masterplans for Galashiels and Tweedbank are being created, setting out a medium to long term strategy for both communities through the allocation of spaces for commercial, retail, residential and community facilities, as well as roads and utilities.

This will allow the Local Development Plan to be updated and encourage investors to understand the opportunities available in both communities.

What will take place on 24 May?

  • A team of architects and urban designers would like to meet you for a brief walkabout in Galashiels town centre, starting at the Volunteer Hall from 5pm to 6pm, for the retail and business community to discuss and identify the local needs and opportunities as well as what within the existing townscape should be protected.
  • We will be holding a similar tour of the town centre with the cultural and creative sector at 1pm, again meeting at the Volunteer Hall.
  • Between 6pm and 8pm we will also hold an open forum in the Volunteer Hall where we can consider the current masterplan drawings and information boards to collate the comments and ideas gathered during the town centre tours. 

There will also be some information available to identify the scope of the study. Businesses and the cultural and creative sector are invited to come along to contribute. Refreshments will be available.

What is the Blueprint?

The Borders Railway Blueprint programme aims to maximise the economic benefits presented by Borders Railway, which has already delivered increased travel options for local people and seen more visitors coming to the area.

The aim is for the railway to be a catalyst for significant development opportunities and the masterplans for Galashiels and Tweedbank will aim to bring economic and population growth through new and affordable housing, commercial and tourism development, a diversifying business base and new demand for learning and skills.