A DERELICT mill on the northern entrance to Galashiels is set for a new lease of life.

Penicuik-based Pia Developments has announced plans to convert the 130-year-old Bristol Mill into housing.

The Victorian spinning mill was one of the town's major employers during the textiles hey-day.

But the mill, which was opened in 1885 by Roberts, Dobson and Company, was gradually downscaled throughout the 1980s and 90s - eventually closing in 1998.

Previous attempts to convert the three-storey building into housing have been made - most notably in 2011 when planning consent was granted for the creation of 16 apartments was granted.

The Pia Developments application wants to create 25 apartments within the building.

The full application is also for the removal of outbuildings to create parking spaces.

Bristol Mill, which had been on the market for £175,000, was placed on the buildings at risk list in 2009, being regarded as "among the best surviving mills in Galashiels”.