Businessman’s ‘farm shops’ plan near Pathhead is finally closed

The Coffee Shop on the A68, at the bottom of Soutra.

The Coffee Shop on the A68, at the bottom of Soutra.

A businessman’s plans to turn holiday cottages near Pathhead into four shops creating 20 jobs have been narrowly kicked out by councillors.

Applicant George Russell, who runs housebuilder Russell Construction, had previously had his plans for the change of use at Soutra Mains Farm refused by the council and then the Government reporter.

At last week’s Local Review Body meeting Councillor Peter de Vink (Ind) supported the plans, having visited Mr Russell’s recently-opened cafe at the site the previous day.

However, his motion to grant permission was beaten 3-2, with Labour councillors voting against him, concerned about future use of the retail units if the planned ‘farm shops’ were not successful.

Read more in this week’s Advertiser, out now.




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