Developer granted planning consent for Caerlee Mill revamp

Plans to redevelop the grounds of the former Caerlee Mill in Innerleithen into 44 new build houses and flats have been granted planning consent.

Developer Whiteburn’s vision for the site is to build a range of two, three and four bedroom houses and cottage flats that are designed to reflect the spirit of the former mill site, as well as the heritage of the village structure.

In conjunction with the proposed new-build housing, Whiteburn is exploring economically viable solutions for the B- listed Brodie’s Mill building which dates back to 1778, and are in discussions with potential end users.

Roger Bainbridge, responsible for design and delivery, who has worked with the design team of City Architecture Office and Goodson Associates Engineers to create the house and site design, said: “With our Caerlee Mill project we hope to show that new-build housing can be designed and delivered with consideration for the heritage and context of the site. Our homes have been designed with an emphasis on natural daylight and flexible living space to provide comfortable, contemporary homes.

“We believe that Caerlee Mill offers an opportunity to live in an incredible location in the heart of Innerleithen. It is our aim to offer desirable homes where people want to live, in a place where they will be proud to contribute to its future.”

Whiteburn’s project director Eve McCurrich, added: “Our key objective is to bring this historic site in the heart of the village of Innerleithen back to life and create a great place for people to live. We have already had a lot of local interest and support.

“We are now moving forward with our tendering processes, and I would be keen to hear from any local suppliers and subcontractors who would like the opportunity to work at Caerlee Mill.

“Our intention is to establish a local supply chain and see as much of our construction spend as possible retained in Borders economy.”

The new-build housing will be released for sale on the open market later this year.

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