PLANS to create a major tourism village in the grounds of Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder, have been dropped.

The Border Telegraph revealed in December, 2017 that Lauderdale Estates wanted to turn more than 50 hectares of agricultural and forestry land into a tourism village made up of around 250 static caravans, lodges and eco-cabins.

The plans also featured retail outlets and leisure facilities as well as a new entrance onto the A68.

A Proposal for Application Notice had been submitted with Scottish Borders Council and initial consultation work was carried out.

But the proposals were met with strong opposition from many locals who were concerned about the increase in traffic as well as the development spoiling the setting of the historical castle.

Lauderdale Estates have this week announced they are 'to discontinue attempts to secure planning consent'.

Edward Maitland-Carew from Lauderdale Estates said: “Bringing tourism into Lauder and the region is so important to our local economy and so this decision has not been taken lightly.

"I would like to thank all those that gave their time to offer constructive feedback.”