South Scotland

Scottish Borders developer contributions pass £6m

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Image caption Contributions from new housing developments in the Borders have exceeded £6m in six years

A system of developer contributions from housing projects in the Scottish Borders has generated more than £6m since it was set up.

The scheme's funds are used towards schools, roads and other infrastructure projects in the region.

The current set-up was introduced in 2004 and has generated significant income for Scottish Borders Council.

Executive member for planning and environment Carolyn Riddell-Carre said the system should be continued.

"We brought in a very clear developer contributions policy," she said.

"Obviously when houses get built you need infrastructure, roads and schools, to look after or supply services for the people who are going to be living in these houses."

She said the system was introduced to set out a clear level of contribution required when building new homes.

"We really didn't see why the developer should get all the advantage of a development and the consequences of that should land on the public purse," she added.

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