A HOTEL and golf course is inviting guests to ‘go for a drive’ after a planning bid received the green light.

Approval has been granted by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to build a golf driving range structure on land south of the Roxburghe Hotel in Heiton, near Kelso.

The building is to be constructed in timber and clad in horizontal timber board under a slate pent roof.

In a report approving the application, SBC planning officer Euan Calvert says: “This site presently functions as a driving range and appears as high amenity grassland.

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"It is immediately adjacent to the recently completed holiday lodges.

“No arboricultural, ecological or archaeological implications are identified with the choice of site. The principle to development of infrastructure on this site is well established as it is related to the golf course and hotel function.”

A condition will be applied to avoid the introduction of floodlights as the site is a known habitat for bats.