Green light for extra care housing plan at former Kelso High School

Eildon Housing’s plan to convert the former Kelso High School into 34 extra care flats has gained planning permission from Borders councillors.

Extra care housing is part of the 10-year vision for the delivery of housing, care and support for older people developed by Scottish Borders Council, Eildon and other partners.

Aitken Turnbull Architects were commissioned to design the accommodation as well as a sensory garden.

Eildon said the green light is another step forward in its plans to build 750 much needed new homes across the Scottish Borders.

Work on the conversion of this site will begin in spring 2020, with a community information event planned around the same time, and an expected completion for summer 2022.

Nile Istephan, Eildon’s chief executive, said: “This decision is excellent news for older people in the Borders. The provision of this type of housing enables personalised care and support to be provided within a community setting and allows individuals to participate in all aspects of daily living where they can.

“This site is one of a number of extra care housing developments that we are planning, with Langhaugh in Galashiels already on-site to provide another 39 flats. This is so important with the average age of people in the Borders increasing as well as the demand for suitable housing.”

Images courtesy of Aitken Turnbull Architects

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