Locals get their say on planning issues

Local people are being encouraged to present their views on the future of planning applications in the area by attending an exhibition in the town next Wednesday.

The council is encouraging residents across the region to have their say on a main issues report that highlights the major points contained within the new local development plan, which, when approved, will provide guidance for the determination of planning applications in the future.

An SBC spokesperson told the Hawick News this week: “The new plan will outline proposals such as land which is allocated for housing, business/industrial purposes, the extent to which settlements can be extended, regeneration opportunities and safeguarded green spaces within settlements.

“It will also lay down policies relating to subjects such as quality standards for new developments, the promotion of economic development, transport issues, renewable energy, housing in the countryside and the protection of the built and natural heritage.”

The main issues report is the first stage in the review of the current plan and its main purpose is to encourage discussion on any new or major issues. The report will be shown on Wednesday from 2-7pm at the Lesser Town Hall, where council officers will also be in attendance.

The main issues report can also be viewed via http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/ldpmir and at all public libraries and council contact centres. The MIR is out for consultation from this week until June 25.