Big smiles as council gives new dentists the go ahead

SCOTTISH Borders Council has given the thumbs up to a planning application for a new dental surgery on Hawick High Street.

The proposal will see the former Mountain Warehouse premises in the town centre converted into a practice - following the approval of its use as a Class 1 retail site, being downgraded to a Class 2.

Despite usual policy to maintain Class One use for such premises, applicant Mr Khan, from Manchester, has been given the go-ahead by the planning department as a result of the current economic climate.

Planning officer Deborah Chalmers has stated: “It is acknowledged that the prevailing economic circumstances mean that the proposed change of use is not likely to have any negative impact upon the vitality and viability of the town centre. It is considered that the proposed use of the premises will invite further footfall within the town centre, contributing to the vitality and viability.”

Conditions attached to the approval include that the development should begin within three years; that the works are to be carried out in the interests of character and appearance of the Conservation Area; and that details of position, size, colour, materials and method of illumination of any signage is submitted to and approved by the planning authority.