Scheme blocked by historic house setting

Scottish ministers have rejected a proposed housing development in the Borders following a call-in inquiry after deciding that it would adversely affect an historic house formerly owned by Sir Walter Scott.

Historic Scotland claimed that the scheme would harm the category A listed house's setting and the importance of its landscaped grounds. The house and grounds were of outstanding national importance and had in the past been considered as a candidate for a world heritage site, the agency pointed out.

The reporter agreed that the scheme would have some impact on the house's setting and its terraces during the winter. This conflicted with development plan policies and national guidance, he held. While recognising the need for further housing land in the area, he advised that this did not carry sufficient weight to grant permission.

DCS Number 100-050-282

Reporter Michael Thomson; Inquiry.

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