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Description

Borders Gateway is a new and exciting development that will deliver jobs and amenity to the heart of the Scottish Borders. A detailed planning application has been submitted to the Scottish Borders Council for a 71 bed hotel, coffee drive thru, petrol filling station and Class 1 retail unit. If planning consent is granted construction will start in early 2019. This multi-million pound investment will then deliver:

  • 100 new jobs for the local community.
  • A modern retail provision in an accessible location.
  • Amenity facilities for Tweedbank Industrial Estate, improving the working environment for existing occupiers as well as encouraging new businesses to locate to Tweedbank.
  • New services for visitors coming to the Borders, encouraging them to stay longer and enjoy what the area has to offer.
  • Improved facilities supporting the staff, outpatients and visitors to the Borders General Hospital.

Occupiers Include:

Planning

A detailed planning application was submitted with Scottish Borders Council in October 2018. Prior to this an extensive public consultation exercise was undertaken. A series of meetings were held with key stakeholders and a public exhibition took place at Tweedbank Community Centre in March 2018.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Public Exhibition Presentation.

The community consultation event was attended by over 250 local people, with 91% of those attending in support of the Borders Gateway proposals.

"The strategic location of the Borders Gateway development and its mix of uses make it a great site for a new Premier Inn hotel. If approved, the new Premier Inn will be our first in the Borders. It will operate year-round, helping to support the local economy and benefitting tourist attractions by enticing visitors to Tweedbank and the Scottish Borders across all four seasons."Nick Johnston, Acquisition Manager for Northern England, Scotland and Wales, Premier Inn

"BP are looking forward to developing a BP/M&S facility as part of the Border’s Gateway Development during the course of 2019."Nick Eccles, Acquisition Manager for Scotland, BP

"Visitors arriving at Tweedbank station often comment on the lack of facilities and with the proposed development just a short walk away I believe it will be a great asset to the area. It will also link well with the volunteer run bus shuttle service we recently set-up to collect and take visitors to and from Tweedbank Station to Abbortsford House."Giles Ingram, Chief Executive, Abbortsford, The Home of Sir Walter Scott

"I would like to add my full support to the planning application…which will benefit both my family and the greater community of Tweedbank and beyond…I feel this project would be the catalyst for regeneration and would further help to provide even more much needed jobs in the area."Robin Brydon, Tweedbank Resident

"The plans are very exciting and as a local business owner and advocate for the region I feel that a development at Tweedbank sends out a strong signal that the Borders is a great place to invest."John Henderson, Born in the Borders

"I am writing in support of this scheme. I went along to the exhibition at Tweedbank and was very impressed with the well thought out proposals. There would be the creation of jobs in a variety of arenas and the proposals for a hotel is ideal."J Graham Hanson, Tweedbank Resident

"We believe the Borders Gateway development will assist in raising the profile of the estate. The provision of amenity facilities including the petrol filling station, convenience stores, drive thru coffee shop and hotel will assist us with occupier retention and attracting new tenants."Giles Hall, Catalyst Capital – Asset Managers, Tweedbank Industrial Estate

"As a resident of Tweedbank View for over 20 years and a local business owner, I am writing to express my support for the Borders Gateway Development at Tweedbank…The proximity of the hotel to Tweedbank Station, Tweedbank Industrial Estate, Borders General Hospital and Melrose is also ideal for visitors to the area who will be travelling via public transport."Steven Brown, Tweedbank Resident

"Development of a highly visible site at the entrance to the Industrial Estate sends a strong message of confidence in investment into the local economy. I support the need for such development at Tweedbank."Alastair Rennick, Holders Technology

"I am writing to support this fantastic new opportunity for residents of Tweedbank and surrounding Scottish Borders…I work for the Borders General Hospital and after speaking to numerous colleagues who stay in Selkirk, Lauder, Earlston and Melrose they cannot wait for this facility to open as they see themselves popping in on the way home. I know doctors who are also very keen on this facility to open soon as they would pop in on the way back to getting a train when finishing their shift."Susan Jeffrey, Tweedbank Resident

"As a local Borders business, a key business on the Tweedbank Industrial Estate and a major tourist draw to the region we believe that the Borders Gateway proposals are a really good idea. The scheme will raise the profile of the industrial estate and the businesses like ours which are located within it."Annika & Gavin Meiklejohn, Tempest Brewing Co

"The Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership is in full support of your plans for the Borders Gateway development at Tweedbank...As Tweedbank continues to grow the additional facilities you are proposing will make the current industrial estate a more attractive and usable proposal for new businesses."Will Haegeland, Chairman, Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership

Location

Borders Gateway occupies a dominant position on the Melrose Roundabout, the major interchange on the A6091 for roads to Galashiels (2 miles), Melrose (1 mile), Newtown St Boswells (5 miles) and Jedburgh (14 miles), as well as being the entrance to Tweedbank. The A6091 links the A7 to the A68, with the Melrose Roundabout averaging approximately 13,000 daily vehicle movements. As such the site offers easy access to a local population of circa 18,000 (Tweedbank, Galashiels & Melrose), with Tweedbank itself due to expand rapidly with an additional 300 homes forming part of a Council led master plan for the Lowood Estate.

Within 400 yards of the site is the recently reopened Borders Railway terminus at Tweedbank, providing half hourly direct services to Edinburgh Waverley (55 mins) to circa 400,000 passengers per annum. As well as serving commuter traffic, the railway has provided a new gateway for tourists visiting local attractions such as Abbotsford House, (home to Sir Walter Scott) and Melrose Abbey, both of which are within 1.5 miles of the site. The station is also popular with cyclists, providing direct access to National Cycle Route 1.

The 328 bed Borders General Hospital is within one mile, and provides a range of acute inpatient services as well as a 24-hour accident and emergency to the wider Borders population.

Tweedbank Industrial Estate and Tweedbank Business Park neighbour the site and include occupiers such as Magnet Kitchens, a Mitsubishi dealership, Tempest Brewery and the Scottish Public Pensions Agency. Within 300 yards of the site is Tweedbank Outdoor Sports Centre.

The site is therefore excellently located to allow forward looking businesses to tap into a prominent, accessible and dynamic location, which serves an expanding population of residents, businesses, industries and tourists.

Contact

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