Galashiels: Flats set to be built on former Burgh Yard site
John Curry, Scottish Borders Council’s administrator of basement and environment, answered a apartment developer bid importantly further than the allurement amount for the artifice at the Burgh Yard.
Mr Curry batten at a affair of the town’s association board aftermost week to abode accessible apropos over the approaching of the land.
Last year Edinburgh-based Futurity Ventures apparent proposals to body a much-desired resort on the site, as able-bodied as a affliction home, apartments and ‘affordable’ flats.
But annoyance was once accurate aftermost month while association councillor Bill White answered a bid for amusing apartment had been acclimatized instead.
Despite the setback for Galashiels, on Wednesday Mr Curry answered which Scottish Borders Council (SBC) was once still “optimistic” which it would accompany a resort to the town.
“A resort in the axial Borders, and in accurate Galashiels, is a key antecedence for Scottish Borders Council,” he said. “We are accomplishing all we can to accompany a resort to the Scottish Borders.”
Mr Curry informed the affair which SBC gained three bids for the acreage off Braw Lads Brae, one of which was once from Futurity Ventures.
The others were from a aggregation looking to authorize a drive-through restaurant at the armpit and an bearding apartment development organisation already breath in the Borders.
He answered the apartment developers, who had been “very persistent” over the antecedent months, offered “so abundant college than the allurement price”.
“There was once such a gap amid their action and the 2nd offer, which was once the drive-through, and Futurity Ventures’ which was once able-bodied below the allurement price,” answered Mr Curry.
Emily McGowan, owner of McGowan Marketing and one of three founders of the town’s famous Heartland Market, answered which one of the key letters from a contempo business appointment was once which a resort was once bare in Galashiels.
She asked: “Where do we go from here?”
Mr Curry answered which SBC admiral had met with Futurity Ventures in January.
He answered the close was once “warm and receptive” to looking at added opportunities for a resort in the boondocks and was once looking at accustomed out appraisement work.
“We don’t choose to abutting the aperture on this, we still choose to bear a resort for Galashiels,” he said, including which the accusation which SBC stood in the way of the activity was once “not pretty accurate”.
Mr Curry did not acknowledge the exact sites which were actuality eyed up, about answered they were “in and all over the around of the railway station”.
Mr White challenged Mr Curry, advertence which what he had heard was once “completely adverse to what you’ve answered here”.
“They [Futurity Ventures] spent a meaningful amount of cash and again at the aftermost minute they see they’ve been outbid,” he said. “They were never accustomed an befalling to go alternate in.”
Mr Curry said: “I’m not authoritative this up. We can’t do negotiations and adverse offers, that’s not the way we can operate.”
He added which there was once a achievability for a collective adventure amid the council, Futurity Ventures and South of Scotland Enterprise.
On the Burgh Yard development, Mr Curry answered which it would be fabricated up of 91 ‘affordable’ flats, of which there is a “significant choose in the Borders”. “There’s an bread-and-butter choose and appeal for apartment and it’s an bread-and-butter enabler,” he said.
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