A FORMER church in the Borders could be converted into a film studio after suffering years of “neglect and decay”.

Production company Blue Mill Studios Ltd have filed the plans with the council for the “imposing” Trinity North structure in Kelso.

The building was decommissioned by the Church of Scotland in the late 1970s, according to papers submitted as part of the application.

The report goes on to explain how the ownership of the “Gothic-style” church changed hands a number of times before the production company bought it this year.

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According to the plans, the major section of the church will be used as a studio in its “un-restored form”.

The applicants also want to keep the B-listed building as a “major town feature” by allowing community activities to be hosted there.

The hall will be turned into “a residential base for staff occupation”, if plans are approved.

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“This is a great and realistic opportunity following many false starts to ensure that this former church is retained and given life in the community,” the papers state.

“The works required to achieve this will not materially affect the quality of the original architecture to any great degree and it presents a great opportunity to enhance this long-neglected major building in Kelso.”