AN OUTDOOR clothing retailer based in a former Borders police station has received the green light to create a new community hub.

Findra has been operating at 83 High Street in Innerleithen since 2017.

The company has just received planning approval from Scottish Border Council to redevelop the premises as a ‘concept store and community hub’, with the addition of a coffee bar to the retail area and change of use of an existing rear room from store to leisure studio, including for pilates and yoga.

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Historically the building was a police station and it had been known in the past as the ‘Old Jail’, with evidence of this use still visible internally.

A spokesperson for Peebles-based cb3 design architects, agents for the applicant, said: “Classes will be run with no additional noise or disruption to neighbouring addresses; amplified speech or music will not be required in the studio.

“By creating this new lifestyle experience in the shop, strengthening and expanding the existing business, Findra anticipate that there will be a positive impact on the town and local community.”