First Public Consultation for Galashiels Masterplan

The first public consultation on a new master plan for Galashiels will be held on Wednesday 8 March.

As part of the Borders Railway Blueprint programme, master plans for Galashiels and Tweedbank will be created, setting out a medium to long term strategy for both communities through the allocation of spaces for commercial, retail, residential and community facilities, as well as roads and utilities.

This will allow the Local Development Plan to be updated and encourage investors to understand the opportunities available in both communities.

A team of architects and urban designers will be available at Galashiels Transport Interchange from 2pm to 8pm on 8 March for the public to discuss local needs and opportunities as well as what in the existing townscape should be protected.

There will also be some information available to identify the scope of the study.

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, said: “The Borders Railway Blueprint programme aims to maximise the economic benefits presented by the railway, which has already delivered increased travel options for local people and seen more visitors coming to the area.

“The railway will be a catalyst for significant development opportunities and the master plans for Galashiels and Tweedbank will aim to bring economic and population growth through new and affordable housing, commercial and tourism development, a diversifying business base and new demand for learning and skills.

“This public consultation event is the first step towards achieving that vision and I would encourage members of the public to come along to find out more and give us their views.”

Notes to Editors

The Borders Railway Blueprint programme is made up of Scottish Borders Council, Midlothian Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government, VisitScotland, ScotRail and Transport Scotland.