Drop-in and workshop sessions for new Local Development Plan

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Published: Wednesday, 13th September 2017

A series of drop-in and workshop sessions will be held across the Borders to discuss the next Local Development Plan.

As part of the process for preparing a new Local Development Plan, we must produce what is known as a Main Issues Report (MIR).

Issues of new local developments

The MIR will set out the important issues for consideration, which will be fed into the Proposed Plan for the area. 

These include:

  • identification of housing land
  • regenerating town centres
  • employment land provision
  • protection of greenspace
  • promotion of quality building design
  • wind farms
  • addressing climate change

Get involved in Local Development Plan

We are inviting all interested parties to one of our drop-in sessions and workshops across eight towns and villages.

The drop-in sessions run from 2pm to 5pm and workshops begin at 6pm, unless otherwise stated. The workshop events will be able to accommodate up to 30 participants and will last around two hours.

Dates and venues

  • Thursday 21 September - Community Centre, Eyemouth
  • Tuesday 26 September - Town Hall, Kelso
  • Wednesday 27 September - Tesco Foyer, Galashiels (drop-in session only)
  • Wednesday 27 September - Transport Interchange, Galashiels (workshop session only)
  • Thursday 28 September - Burgh Hall, Peebles
  • Tuesday 03 October - Heritage Hub, Hawick
  • Thursday 05 October - Council Chamber, Duns
  • Tuesday 10 October - Pop-up Shop, 1 Tower Street, Selkirk (drop-in session only)
  • Tuesday 10 October - Community Connections, Back Row, Selkirk (workshop session only)
  • Thursday 12 October - Council Chamber, Newtown St Boswells (workshop only - 2pm to 4pm)

Councillor Tom Miers, Executive Member for Planning and Environment

“The Local Development Plan covers a wide range of matters which impact on many aspects of life in the Borders, which is why it is important people come along to these upcoming consultation events.

“The Local Development Plan places further emphasis on high quality design, and encouraging the right kind of development to enhance our environment and improve our economic prospects.

“The interests of local people, the economy and the environment in the Borders are complementary, and the plan will seek to reinforce that connection.

“It will also aim to promote activity within our town centres, as well as protecting our key green spaces within and around towns and villages.”

Book your place in a workshop session

If you want to attend one of the workshop sessions please contact us in advance by e-mail localplan@scotborders.gov.uk or by letter to

Forward Planning Team
Council Headquarters
Newtown St Boswells