A BID for two detached family homes on shrub land outside of West Linton has been withdrawn amid privacy concerns from neighbours.

An application was submitted to Scottish Borders Council  for the low energy family homes at Broomlee Mains, adjacent to Woodlands Farmhouse, about 1.1 miles south east of West Linton.

The owners of Woodlands Farmhouse, Mr and Mrs Rinaldi, objected to the application on a number of grounds, including loss of privacy and the design “not being in keeping” with the surroundings.

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The couple’s submission said: “Woodlands Farmhouse is a 1926 Dutch-style Arts and Crafts house and is the only example of this architecture in the area. The design, orientation and scale of the development adjacent would be completely overbearing.”

West Linton Community Council expressed concern at the impact the proposed houses would have on the privacy of Woodlands Farmhouse.