Future vision for Tweedbank presented

Train station sign at Tweedbank

Published: Monday, 27th January 2020

Draft guidance on how the future expansion of Tweedbank should take place is to be presented to Councillors this week.

Tweedbank – A Vision for Growth and Sustainability, is the draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) which will be discussed at our full meeting this Thursday.

What is a Supplementary Planning Guidance?

  • The guidance is a key component of the Tweedbank Masterplan, a transformational prospectus which will encourage people to live, learn, visit and work in the local community.
  • The draft SPG provides direction on the development of new residential and high quality business space within Tweedbank, with 350 jobs estimated to be created and the potential to generate £150million of Gross Value Added (GVA) to the Borders economy.
  • The draft SPG also includes the potential for a new care home, while other areas of land are safeguarded such as higher quality existing woodland.

What happens next?

Should the draft SPG be approved by Councillors this week, a 12-week public consultation will be launched, including a public exhibition event, before the final SPG is presented again to Elected Members for approval later this year.

Why are you looking to develop Tweedbank?

The Tweedbank site will make a significant contribution to the housing land needs which have to be made in order to meet Scottish Government requirements.

The SPG also supports our commitment to the Edinburgh and South East City Deal, and the Borders Railway Blueprint programme.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“Tweedbank has evolved since its first properties were built in the 1970s and the SPG aims to help continue the development of the community.

“We have already held a well-attended public exhibition in Tweedbank in August 2019, which generated a lot of positive feedback and a few points which have been incorporated into the SPG alongside comments from a number of partners.

“Should the draft SPG be approved, there will be another opportunity for the public to provide their views as part of the 12-week consultation and public exhibition.

“Alongside the exciting developments which the Council is currently driving at the Borders Innovation Park, I am confident that this high quality guidance will help us to deliver a transformational range of homes, commercial premises and recreational opportunities which will deliver significant benefits for the whole of the Scottish Borders.”

Further information

The Council report and draft SPG are available at our website.

Images are available on our Flickr page.

Tweedbank Masterplan

  • The Tweedbank Masterplan is a transformational prospectus for the Scottish Borders which has the potential to create over 1.4k jobs across various sectors
  • The plan includes a number of ambitious ideas to encourage people to live, learn, visit and work in the Borders across five sites in the local community.

Borders Railway Blueprint programme

  • The Tweedbank Masterplan is a key project in the Borders Railway Blueprint programme, which aims to maximise the opportunities presented by the railway
  • Borders Railway Blueprint Programme includes Scottish Enterprise, Transport Scotland, VisitScotland, Scottish Government, Midlothian Council, the City of Edinburgh Council, Abellio ScotRail and Network Rail
  • More information is available on the Borders Railway website.

Edinburgh and South-East Region City Deal

  • The Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region comprises six local authorities – Edinburgh, Fife, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian and Scottish Borders.
  • A City Region Deal is a mechanism for accelerating growth by pulling in significant government investment.
  • By investing this funding in innovation, skills and infrastructure, performance will be significantly improved, and we will tackle inequality and deprivation.
  • The six local authorities that make up the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City region, together with regional universities, colleges and the private sector signed a City Region Deal with the UK and Scottish Governments, with a value of over £1.3 billion.
  • More information is available on the Accelerating growth website.