Kelso, as one of the main towns in the central Borders, requires to accommodate identified future growth to meet demand for a growing
population and increased numbers of households.
Land at Nethershot was safeguarded by the Council in their Adopted Local Plan for future development and it is considered that the time is now right to start planning the site to allow for a well-designed extension of the town which can accommodate future growth over the coming decade and beyond.
The need to increase the supply of housing options has been added to by Scottish Borders Council’s requirement for a new Kelso High School to replace buildings that have exceeded their useful life; the Council have secured development funding from the Scottish Government to allow for a new school to be built to meet the future needs of the Kelso area.
Land at Nethershot presents the strongest location for a new school, which can form part of a sustainable new community including a range of housing, additional Queen’s House care accommodation, community sports facilities, parkland, woodland and new path networks to integrate the urban extension with the town and surrounding area. Landowners, Lord Ralph Kerr, Ferniehirst Trust and Roxburghe Estates intend to submit a Planning Permission in Principle application to the Council following community consultation, setting out a design framework for the site which will establish the land uses, wider design principles and access arrangements. The design team has analysed the site and surrounding area in terms of landscape quality, cycle/walking connections, open space connections and existing urban design context.