The bustling historic town of Galashiels lies in the Gala Water river valley, a mile upstream of its confluence with the River Tweed, in the heart of the Scottish Borders.

Connected to Edinburgh by the A7 road and now just a 50 minutes journey via the Borders Railway, the town has a diverse economy and population and is the dominant comparison goods shopping destination in the Scottish Borders region. A significant strategic centre, less than an hour by train from Edinburgh city Centre, Galashiels offers great potential for growth.

Galashiels town centre has commercial and retail outlets and is home to several public bodies, including Borders College and the Heriot-Watt University School of Textiles and Design, and retains close ties to the historic textile industry in the Scottish Borders.

Galashiels was also recently chosen as the new permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, a unique community arts project which will deliver a huge tourism and regeneration boost to the town. The £6 million project is due to open in 2020 and is predicted to attract 51,000 visitors a year, increasing visitor spending by some £2m annually, as well a host of other local benefits.

Galashiels is also the subject of an emerging Business Investment District (BID), an initiative which is being led by the community group Energise Galashiels , which will allow local businesses to have a positive impact on the future growth of the town.

Development Site: Galashiels Town Centre

Summary

Opportunities for significant growth in and around the new Borders Railway station are currently being identified through a Masterplan exercise, promoted by the Scottish Borders Council and the Borders Railway Blueprint programme. Architects Stallan-Brand are leading the masterplan, which will provide significant opportunities for substantial economic, social and environmental improvements, with potential for new homes, commercial space and hotel accommodation, between the Transport Interchange and the town centre

A mix of residential dwellings, and high quality, employment generating, commercial uses including retail, leisure and office space (Class 4). High quality public realm and publicly accessible open space.

Planning Status

Local Plan Allocation and SPG

Make an Enquiry

Further information from company:

Telephone: 01835 824000

Email: James.Darrie@scotborders.gov.uk

Site Size

4.14 Hectares

Site ownership

Scottish Borders Council/Various Private

Location

The development opportunity lies immediately adjacent the Transport Interchange building on Stirling Street and extends between Landhope Vale and Bridge Street, incorporating a section of the Gala river. The site affords connection between the railway station through to the town centre and the proposed Great Tapestry building on High Street.

55.617665, -2.806054,15

Development Site: Former Borders College Site

Summary

A development opportunity at the former college site on Melrose Road, with a range of existing building and a location overlooking the town centre and the valley. The site lies adjacent to the Queens Sports Centre and is within walking distance of the railway station.
Residential & Business

A mix of residential dwellings, and high quality, employment generating, commercial uses including retail, leisure and office space (Class 4). High quality public realm and publicly accessible open space

http://www.colliersproperty.co.uk/development-opportunity-for-sale/galashiels/22252

Planning Status

Redevelopment Opportunity’. Under Scottish Borders policy H3 a number of uses are acceptable including residential, employment (although not Class 5 (General Industrial) or Class 6 (Storage and Distribution) or retailing (Class 1 Shops), subject to the sequential test. A residential care home (Class 8 Residential Institutions) may also be acceptable.

Make an Enquiry

Further information from company:

Telephone: 0131 240 7521

Email: andrew.mcnab@colliers.com

Site Size

1.6 Hectares

Site ownership

Borders College

Location

The site lies on Melrose Road, just off the A7

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