Langtongate, Duns, Berwickshire, Scottish Borders, TD11 3QQ
An exciting re-development opportunity to the West of Duns town centre.
Duns is the county town of Berwickshire serving a relatively wide rural area. It is a traditional market town providing good range of local facilities and services including primary and secondary schooling, a variety of independent shops, banking services, public houses, restaurants, veterinary surgery, police station, garden centre, library,
fire station, council and housing association offices.
The area boasts a range of attractions including Duns Castle, a number of stately homes, the annual Common Riding and the Jim Clark Museum. The surrounding countryside including the Lammermuir Hills provides some spectacular scenery and
some excellent terrain for a range of outdoor pursuits. Other recreational facilities in the area include a swimming pool, a gym, and adjoining children’s play centre and golf driving range, 18-hole golf course, squash courts, all weather astro-surface pitches and a range of sports clubs.
Duns is situated approximately forty five miles south of the city of Edinburgh, forty eight miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne each with an international airport. Access is readily available to the main line east coast rail service with a station at Berwick-upon-Tweed located approximately fifteen miles east.
An attractive Victorian Primary School, together with associated grounds extending to approximately 2.764 Ha (6.83 acres) or thereby in a relatively elevated south facing position with views over open countryside out to the Cheviot Hills in the distance.
The site is accessed off the A6105 (Langtongate).
The former School House is in separate ownership and does not form part of the sale. There is a heritable and irredeemable right of access over the area etched in blue in favour of the owners of the Former School House and their successors as shown etched in green on the site plan. The site is available as a whole or as two separate Lots.
Lot 1: The Former Primary School. 0.304 ha (0.75 acre)
Works have recently been completed to demolish and clear the more modern extensions retaining the original Victorian structure with attractive symmetrical façade to the front of the site. The building is of traditional sandstone construction under pitched roofs clad in Welsh slate.
Lot 2: Former playing fields zoned for ‘Re-Development’. 2.460 ha (6.08 acres) A regular shaped greenfield development site previously occupied as playing fields. John Duns Scotus Way runs along the south of the site which provides links to Duns Park and the town centre to the east, with a board walked footpath to the east
passing along the southern boundary of Berwickshire High School connecting to Clockmill to the West.
The site is zoned for redevelopment in the 2016 Local Development Plan for ‘Re-Development’ under site reference RDUNS002.
Policy PMD3: Land Use Allocations of the Scottish Borders Local Development Plan states ‘Sites proposed for redevelopment or mixed use may be developed for a variety of uses subject to other local plan policies.’
A Planning brief has been prepared for the site. This focusses on potential redevelopment for housing, A copy of the report is available upon request. Other uses may be considered.
The Buildings are not Listed but the site is within the town’s conservation Area.
Interested parties are advised to consult the Planning and Building Standards Sections.
The purchaser/ developer will be responsible for any assessment of ground conditions.
The former school is connected to mains water, electricity, gas and foul and surface water drainage systems. It is therefore assumed that all mains services are available adjacent to the site. However, interested parties are advised to rely upon their own enquiries.
It is the responsibility of the purchaser to determine the exact position of existing services and to arrange for any modification/connection of these to the development in consultation with the relevant services providers.
Method of Sale
The site is offered for sale as a whole with vacant possession by Private Treaty.
Value Added Tax
Any prices are exclusive of VAT. The subjects are not understood to be elected to VAT.
Offers should include: The identity of the purchasers; the price offered; source of funds; clear details of any conditions attached to the offer; proposed timescale for conclusion of missives, completion and payment.
Offers should be addressed to:
Chief Legal Officer
Scottish Borders Council
Newtown St Boswells
A copy of the offer should also be faxed to 01896 758883.
A closing date may be set for offers. Please note that only those parties who formally notify their interest will be informed of the closing date. Interested parties are advised to notify the selling agents of their interest as soon as possible. The sellers reserve the
right to sell privately and are not bound to accept the highest or indeed any offer.
By appointment with the sole agents.
Edwin Thompson, Chartered Surveyors
76 Overhaugh Street
Tel. 01896 751300
Fax. 01896 758883