PLANS have been approved to build a new playpark in Peebles.

The facility will be erected in Victoria Park and equipment will be centred around a large pirate ship and castle.

A new bike pump track will also be installed and the football area will receive a makeover as part of the development.

Only one formal objection to the project was recorded.

In a report approving the plans, council planning officer Ranald Dods wrote: "As the site is within a designated key greenspace, the main consideration is the impact on that space.

"Although the construction of the playpark would reduce the area of grassed park available for informal sports activities, the development proposed is one which is clearly compatible with a public park.

"There would be a direct community benefit by increasing the availability of play equipment in the area and the proposal would enhance the area."

The playpark is the latest to be built as part of Scottish Borders Council's £4.8million outdoor and community spaces programme.

It follows new facilities already created in Hawick, Galashiels, Oxton, Stow, Harestanes, Coldstream and Kelso.

Speaking earlier this year councillor Robin Tatler, executive member for community development and localities, said: “On the back of previous successful projects, I am looking forward to this year’s programme that will enhance facilities for young people in more communities across the Borders.

"The new Peebles play park will provide an outstanding range of equipment and facilities for young people.

“This development forms part of much bigger plans for Peebles that will include a 3G pitch at the High School as part of its redevelopment.”