Latest masterplan consultation event comes to Tweedbank

Local businesses and residents got another chance to have their say on the proposed Tweedbank masterplan, which looks to deliver significant new business and employment opportunities as well as a range of new private and affordable homes.  

Architect team, Proctor Mathews,  were on-hand at a drop-in session on Wednesday 27 September to discuss the local needs and opportunities as well as how the existing landscape will be protected.

As part of the Borders Railway Blueprint programme, four masterplans are being brought forward along the rail line,  Galashiels and Tweedbank in the Borders, and Newtongrange Town Centre and Stobbhill in Midlothian.

These masterplans will set out a medium to long term vision for the provision of  new commercial and  retail space, capitalising on the opportunity that the new rail line offers to businesses. New residential and community facilities, as well as improved public realm will also be delivered as part of the ambition to deliver benefits to existing communities and create great places to live, work and visit.

A first round of consultation events took place in spring this year, with around 200 people attending the Tweedbank session in March.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Business and Economic Development said: “The Borders Railway has already provided significant opportunities to the area since it opened exactly two years ago and the Blueprint programme aims to maximise these economic benefits.

“Both the Tweedbank and Galashiels masterplans are potential game-changers for both communities and I would therefore encourage local people to get involved.”

Leaderdale and Melrose Councillors Kevin Drum, Tom Miers and David Parker said in a joint statement: “There was a very good response for the first consultation event in Tweedbank, and lots of valuable comments and views were provided to the team of architects and designers.

“Local buisnesses and residents sawhow the masterplan has developed in the six months since and found  out more details on the exciting ideas for Tweedbank’s long term future.”