South Scotland

Smiths Hotel in Gretna Green expansion appeal rejected

An appeal over a decision to reject plans to expand a hotel in Gretna Green has been refused by the Scottish government.

Dumfries and Galloway Council turned down the proposal for the Smiths Hotel last year.

The Gretna Green Group appealed against that verdict and the case was examined by a Scottish government reporter.

She concluded that planning permission could not be granted for the proposed 12-bedroom, two-storey expansion.

Her report said there would be an "unsatisfactory visual relationship" between the proposed new building and an existing terrace.

She said that would mean they would "relate poorly" to one another and make the development "inappropriate to its setting".

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