PLANS have been submitted for a new block of affordable housing in Peebles.

Scottish Borders Housing Association is planning on building a two storey complex, containing six apartments, in Glensax Road in the Kingsmeadow area of Peebles.

The site currently houses 28 garages, which will be demolished, and is surrounded by a mixture of one and two storey houses.

The area was originally part of Victoria Park, before being redeveloped in the early 20th century, and a curling pond was situated where Victoria Park Drive meets Glensax Road.

Henry Coyle, Scottish Borders Housing Association director of assets and property services, said: “Since we began building homes in 2013 we have delivered 59 fantastic new build homes in Hawick, Earlston and Galashiels and we plan to build another 65 new homes in nine communities, Borders-wide, over the next three years.  

“Tenants are delighted with their new homes and our customers consistently tell us that we should continue to strive to meet our strategic objectives to ‘anticipate opportunities to develop and grow’ and ‘create great places to live’”.

“Our housing needs analysis shows that there is considerable demand for affordable housing across the Borders and as buying land is expensive, Scottish Borders Housing Association  is looking to make best use of the land it already owns, as well as considering additional land acquisition opportunities.

“According to our housing register, 485 applicants are currently seeking affordable housing in Peebles. During 2017/18, we advertised 11 two-bedroom homes for rent in Peebles.  

“Having received more than 200 bids for these properties, we know that affordable housing in Peebles is in high demand. There are no plans to demolish existing SBHA housing in Peebles.”

Scottish Borders Council’s planning officers will deliberate on the application before making a decision.