A BID to expand wedding facilities at a Borders hotel was withdrawn on Monday, amid concerns over noise levels.

An application was submitted to Scottish Borders Council for a utility block and hard standing base for siting of temporary marquees for functions at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf and Country Club, near Peebles.

The new facility was to serve as a flexible wedding and outdoor events venue during various functions held at the hotel with a capacity for up to 200 guests to be entertained until 1am.

The proposed venue was to provide entertainment through either live bands or recorded music, both of which were likely utilise a public address system.

A Noise Impact Assessment was commissioned by the applicant and carried out by the planning and environmental company Mabbett.

It was found that the predicted total noise levels from the operation of the temporary marquees “indicate that the internal noise levels within the closest residential receptors will be above the recommended in bedrooms at night”.

The report adds: “From the findings of the assessments: Control of Noise from Pubs and Clubs, the Internal Sound Levels within Residential Properties and the Noise Rating Curves, mitigation measures to reduce any noise impacts are considered necessary.

“Due to the impacts of the predicted noise level at the nearest noise sensitive receptors, a detailed assessment of the possible mitigation measures to be implemented will need to be considered further.”

A report submitted with the planning application stated: “It is aimed to support the existing facilities available at the hotel, and encourage its further use for leisure/tourism activities for the wider area.

“This development will not only enhance the amenities available for the resort locally, but also bring economic growth to the wider Borders region.”

A formal letter of withdrawal was submitted to SBC planners on Monday, May 15.