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Proposed Development at West End of Gavinton

West Gavinton - Detailed Planning Consent

The minutes of the SBC PLANNING AND BUILDING STANDARDS COMMITTEE are now available. Download the document here or view it on the SBC website. The approval appears in the appendix.

The approval gives details of a variety of conditions to be observed by the developer and is, therefore, well worth reading.

Local people will need to keep a watchful eye on development progress, and report any violations of these conditions to SBC (or a CC member), especially with regard to irrevocable damage to trees, hedges and other vegetation.

West Gavinton Development Latest

13-00332-FUL: Planning Application for 54 new houses in WEST GAVINTON APPROVED

On Monday 27 April, 2015, the planning application for 54 new houses in West Gavinton was approved by the SBC Buildings and Standards Committee, with conditions governing development, including phasing.

The Committee was in general agreement that the scale of this application was excessive.  However this site is formally designated for “an indicative number of 45 houses” in the Local Development Plan, so the Committee has no legal basis for challenging the scale. The decision to designate the entire BGA1 site for building development (in 2007) cannot be challenged at this stage.

SBC Decision Meeting on 54 new houses in West Gavinton

The SBC Planning and Buildings Standards Committee will meet at 10am on Monday 27th April at Council Headquarters to consider planning permission for the erection of 54 dwelling houses in West Gavinton.   

If approved, this development will represent the single largest change in the village structure since its establishment in 1759.  We hope that as many people as possible will attend the meeting to show the strength of feeling in the village.  


Community Council Decides on Representation at Planning Meeting

At a meeting of the Gavinton, Fogo and Polwarth Community Council on December 16th, a decision was made over our representation at a forthcoming SBC Planning Meeting concerning the West Gavinton Development.

It was decided that Keith Dickinson (Chair) should represent the GFPCC. The date of the meeting has not yet been fixed. Members of the public who lodged a written objection will be contacted by SBC in due course with details of the date and time of the meeting and the SBC “Public Speaking at Meetings Protocol”

The minutes of the meeting on 16th December where this was discussed can be accessed from the archive page.


Response to Planning Application Submitted

Approximately 80 people attended the public meeting on 26th October 2014. Their comments were used as the basis for compiling the Community Council's formal response. This was finalised at the Community Council meeting held on 3rd November 2014.

The full submission (comprising the covering letter, headed 'Appendix 1', and the submission headed 'Appendix 2') can be read as a pdf file by clicking here.

The minutes of the meeting complete with the appendices can be accessed from the archive page.


Notice of Public Meeting

There will be a Public Meeting in Gavinton Village Hall on Sunday 26th October at 7pm to discuss the revised plans for the development of 54 houses between the village and the playing field. The discussion will focus on changes in the plans since the last public meeting in October 2012.

The Community Council (CC) has called this meeting to provide an opportunity for members of the community to express their opinions on the revised plans for this development. This is probably the last opportunity for public consultation on this development.

The CC chairman will present a short summary of revisions to the plans and an assessment of the degree to which these satisfy the recommendations made by the CC following the last public consultation in October 2012. It is hoped discussion can focus on outstanding concerns. Drawings of the revised master plan will be on display. Everyone is most welcome to attend the meeting.

The CC will meet in early November to draw up the CC observations for submission to SBC. The CC will make every effort to ensure that CC observations reflect public views expressed at the meeting.

The official designation of the proposal is;

Application Number: 13/00332/FUL
Proposed Development: Erection of 54 dwelling houses and associated infrastructure
Location: Land South of The Old Manse, Gavinton, Scottish Borders

Anyone wishing to submit individual comments to the Scottish Borders Council (SBC) relating to this application must do so by Friday 24 October 2014. Individuals can make their comments either online at the Scottish Borders Council website, or in writing.

Full details of the application and information on how to make comments is available on the Scottish Borders Council website.

The application is also available for inspection at the SBC Headquarters in Newtown St. Boswells during office hours.

Written comments should be addressed to;

Service Director,
Regulatory Services,
Council Headquarters,
Newtown St. Boswells,
Scottish Borders,

Quote 13/00332/FUL in all correspondence.

Latest Information*

*Because of the many changes to this complex proposal, we have decided to keep all previous information available on this page.

At the end of May 2014, the developers advised Scottish Borders Council that a new revision to the planned development had been prepared but was not ready for formal submission. SBC's planning department offered some informal comments to guide the developers. The revised plan and the exchange of correspondence is available on the SBC website though you have to scroll to the very bottom of the page to find the latest documents. Alternatively, you can right click these links to download pdfs of the new plan and the exchange of emails.

There are significant changes in the plan. Once a formal revised planning application is submitted the Community Council will host a public meeting to discuss it.

Previous Details & Documents

On 19th March 2013, the developers lodged an application for full planning permission for 54 new houses on the field between the village and the Langton Recreation Ground.

It has generated a lot of comment but the deadline of 27th April, to make comments on the proposal, has now passed.

Meanwhile, as a result of a public meeting in the village hall on 17th April and its own meeting on 22nd April, the Community Council has put together a consultation reply, submitted to SBC on 23rd April. You can read the Community Council's submission in full here.

For archive purposes the proposal presented on 1st October 2012 can still be viewed here.