A bid has been submitted to more than double the extraction rates at a Borders quarry.

A planning application was last week submitted to Scottish Borders Council to increase stone extraction at Glenfinn Quarry at The Neuk in Cockburnspath from the current 100,000 tonnes per annum to 240,000 tonnes.

The bid, from Kinegar Quarries Limited, is the result of changes in the market and a proposed change in ownership.

A spokesperson for Selkirk-based ASM Associates Ltd, on behalf of the applicant, says: “Operational procedures have moved on as have the markets being serviced.

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“Also, it is the case that the present owner due to ill health has put the company on the market for sale, the interested parties all requiring the sales tonnage to be increased to around 240,000 tonnes per annum to comply with their business models.

“It should be noted that modern rock quarries, due to capital expenditure that has been committed, require greater outputs from their quarries than previously.”

Planning consent for a 30-year period until 2053 is being sought.