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Following a very successful public consultation event last month, Edinburgh-based developers Whiteburn will host a second public consultation event on Thursday 23 March 2023 between 4-7pm at the Eastgate Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles to showcase its proposals for the residential development-led, mixed-use regeneration at March Street.

The 2.24 Ha site in the heart of the Borders town of Peebles is a former woollen mill which dates from around 1884. This event will allow the Whiteburn team to provide a further update to the local community about its plans for the residential development-led, mixed-use regeneration at March Street, and the opportunity to show how it has shaped its proposal following the first consultation event where nearly 170 people attended to view the proposals and share their views.

As part of the overall vision for this development, Whiteburn is preparing to deliver a range of contemporary private new homes as well as affordable homes. The development will also see the modernisation of the Lodge Gatehouse.   The final mix and scope of the development will be determined following the completion of the public consultation process, together with ascertaining a viable use for the retained buildings of historic interest to create employment or community use.

Roger Bainbridge, Director of Design and Delivery for Whiteburn Projects adds: “March Street shows our continued commitment to deliver quality homes for local people in the Scottish Borders.  As we progress towards making a planning application for this development, it is important to us that we understand and consider the views of as many members of the local community as possible.  We were very pleased that our first consultation event in February was so well-attended. 

“Since then, we have carefully reviewed the feedback that we have received from local people who have indicated that they are largely supportive of our designs.  This includes our proposal to retain the existing allotments and provide new green space within the development. 

“Our second event will give us an opportunity to show how we have evolved our design aspiration for March Street in Peebles and to once again take the local community’s views into consideration as we develop and finalise our proposals for the site.  

 “March Street is a fantastic location, a short walk from the High Street and amenities of the town, it is a true 20-minute neighbourhood. We look forward to further engagement with all key stakeholders as we develop our proposals to create a vibrant and beautiful place to live. 

“It remains our aspiration that our proposed development at March Street will provide a natural extension to the existing and vibrant community of Peebles, delivering a choice of new homes that will appeal to local people or those who want to enjoy the fantastic quality of life living in this Scottish Borders town.”

Whiteburn Project’s programme of community engagement will also include discussions with Scottish Borders Council regarding a range of Section 75 community benefits.  The first consultation event took place on 9 February 2023. For more information about Whiteburn Projects and the proposed development project at March Street visit www.whiteburn.co.uk.

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