A “MUCH-LOVED” former primary school in the Borders will be converted into four houses, if plans are approved.

The development will keep the “feel, character, and history” of the Duns site, which opened in 1880.

The building was put up for sale by the council after the primary school was relocated to new premises on Langtongate.

Developers Cramond Property Limited subsequently bought the former school.

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A report submitted on behalf of the firm states: “The school building is much-loved by the local community as testified by the numerous passers-by who stopped to share stories about the school and their own memories of their time there.

“The purpose built school was opened in 1880. Up to that point the children of Duns were educated in the Parish Church Hall.

“It is of classic robust construction reflecting the spirit of the times with regard to education of the children of Scotland.

“Proportions are typically Victorian in relation to gable widths, heights, and roof pitches with adherence to symmetry evident throughout the plan and elevational treatments. The end result is a particularly pleasing building worthy of renovation/restoration.

“The proposed conversion will give new life to a now redundant building whilst adding high quality houses to the local area.”