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Borders Business Development Plan

Border Motor Group, represent 7 major automotive manufacturers across the South of Scotland and Cumbria and opened their first business in St. Boswells 26 years ago, subsequently acquiring Lawrie’s Garage in 1999.

In recent years Lawries has grown considerably through its representation of the Volkswagen, Skoda and Seat brands and now sells in excess of 1,000 pre-owned cars per year alongside its service and repair facility which handles over 7,000 vehicle visits per annum. In addition to being selected as Volkswagen’s number 1 Approved Used Car Centre in 2016 the business has also won a number of national awards in recognition of its success.

However, the existing facility no longer meets the exacting standards set by the company’s brand partners and therefore puts at risk the long term future of the business. Plans to re-develop the current site were abandoned due to the costs of upgrading the aged building and the overall impact on the sustainability of the site. Additionally the fuel station on the current site no longer complies with accepted standards and will eventually close if not relocated, resulting in less choice for local motorists.

The planned new development will afford Border Motor Group the opportunity to secure employment for existing Lawrie’s & Border Toyota staff and provide scope for increasing the Group’s employee numbers in St. Boswells from the existing 80 staff to in excess of 100 as future growth aspirations are met.

Plans for the new development will also ensure vastly improved access and exit onto the A68 compared to existing arrangements for the Group’s facilities in the St. Boswells area and in particular resolve the current issues with vehicle transporter incursion onto the trunk road during loading and unloading activity.

Border Motor Group are fully committed to maximising the potential of renewables and have instructed their architects to investigate the use of biomass technology for heating and rainwater capture for use in car washing and toilets amongst other renewable solutions.

It is intended that the existing Lawrie’s Garage would be subsequently redeveloped for residential purposes helping to meet the current housing shortfall in the Scottish Borders and will be easily accessible to St Boswells Village Centre and the Borders Railway.

Owner of Border Motor Group, Archie Maclean, expressed delight that following the company’s considerable facility investments over recent years in other locations they now have the opportunity to invest in the St. Boswells area, where the company has its original roots.

As a constituent element of the planning process Border Motor Group will engage in a public consultation exercise so that the local community can be fully appraised of the details of the development. For further details on the public consultation and wider planning process people are asked to contact Tim Ferguson of Ferguson Planning on 01896 668 744 or email tim@fergusonplanning.co.uk.

Subject to planning consent it is hoped the development would get underway in early 2018.
Date posted: 23rd, June, 2017