APPROVAL has been given for turning a town centre church in Selkirk into a house.

The United Reformed Church in Scott's Place closed in December, 2017 following declining congregational numbers.

The historic Scott's Place property was purchased by businessman Adam Elder.

This week Scottish Borders Council granted him full planning permission for conversion work to take place to transform the former house of prayer into a home.

External alterations including the installation of velux rooflights and the replacement of two windows will take place.

Internal alterations will include the installation of a round staircase for a mezzanine floor at the south east end of the building for a bedroom.

A spokesman for Scottish Borders Council said: "The general character and form of the building remains unchanged.

"The minor alterations undertaken and the change of use of the building to provide residential accommodation is considered acceptable for the location without creating an adverse effect on the character and appearance of the area or neighbouring amenity.

"The proposed use will provide an opportunity to preserve and enhance the building rather than it lying empty and deteriorating."