A CANINE care company has submitted a fresh application for turning land near Eddleston into a dog exercise facility.

Paul Lawrie from Penicuik was turned down last year by planners from turning grazing land near Milkiestone Toll House into a fenced off area for exercising dogs.

Officials at Scottish Borders Council were concerned over the proposed access to the site from the A703.

An appeal to the local authority's review body was also rejected - again on grounds of road safety.

This week Mr Lawrie submitted a new application with a different access route onto the land.

His agent stated: "The application will create a new access to the site via the new junction currently under construction at the entrance to the road off the A703 leading to the Cringletie Hotel.

"This will allow the owners of the site to share the same road as hotel guests en route to the hotel.

"The existing access which was the subject of a previous application will be closed off and will no longer be used to access the property.

"The proposed access utilises the new junction and link road which vastly improves road safety for cars entering or leaving the site."

Mr Lawrie's dog care company, which mainly operates in Midlothian and Edinburgh, hopes the change of use permission for the land would allow them to expand his business.

The spokesman added: "This site was chosen as it offered a quiet rural setting only a few miles from one of the Borders' largest towns.

"The site also provides the dogs with a generous amount of open space which fits in well with the business ethos.

"The site’s proximity to Peebles gives the business a great opportunity to expand and potentially increase the number of local people wanting to use the service."

The full change-of-use application will be considered by Scottish Borders Council over the coming months.