“We need to build communities, not just houses.” says Kris Chapman Scot Lib Dem candidate for Tweeddale West.
“Whilst we have a strong need for affordable housing in the area, as indeed we do across the whole of Scotland, there’s something deeply troubling about how that challenge is being met by developers. It is time to think again!
In recent months a number of development plans have been proposed for Peebles including March Street Mills, Kingsmeadows and the development of Rossetta caravan site. It is anticipated that an extra 900 houses are being proposed to be built in the Scottish Borders. Yet the developers seem to have targeted Peebles to build the majority of these houses with no regard to local needs or concerns. Enough is enough!
It is time to stand up to the developers and make them think again. We cannot allow at a stroke, huge swathes of much-loved green space in our small community to be lost to bulldozers. Whilst this would be tragic in and of itself, the pressure these new homes will place on arterial routes and essential services will prove utterly unsustainable.