PLANNING consent has been granted to lower the floor at Binkbonny Quarry.

On Monday members of Scottish Borders Council’s Planning and Building Standards committee unanimously agreed to allow the final level of the Kelso site’s floor to be dropped to 150m.

In 2014 planning permission was granted to extend the quarry. But now councillors have allowed the floor to be lowered by 25 metres to “deepen the extraction void”.

Barry Fotheringham, principal planning officer at Scottish Borders Council said: “There are very few concerns about these plans and there has been no objections to it.”