RESIDENTS of Scotland's oldest village are rallying once more to block housing plans.

Almost two years ago a successful local campaign prevented a site on the edge of Newstead being included on the Supplementary Housing list drawn up by Scottish Borders Council.

The opposition meeting in 2016 attracted around 50 residents.

But the site at Rushbank is again being considered for the future Local Plan by planners at Newtown St Boswells.

And on Monday villagers will meet once again to discuss the development proposals.

A spokeswoman told us: "We want as many people as possible to lend their voice and help protect Newstead from these crude development proposals."

The initial bid for Rushbank which was rejected in 2016 for the Supplementary Guidance was for up to 23 houses.

As well as strong opposition from villagers Save Scott's Countryside and Scottish Natural Heritage both tabled concerns.

Scottish Borders Council confirmed the site is among many sites across the region which will be considered for housing in the future Local Plan.

A spokesman said: "A full public consultation will take place before any sites are included in the Local Plan."

Monday's protest meeting will take place in Newstead Village Hall from 7pm.