A STRATEGY has been put in place to protect and enhance an idyllic Borders village for present and future generations.

Situated alongside the ancient Roman military complex of Trimontium, Newstead is a small village with a long history.

It has been associated with masons for much of its history, evident in the built fabric through surviving carved stonework and sundials.

Now a conservation area appraisal and management plan (CAA & MP) has been drawn up by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to identify the special architectural and historic interest of buildings and locations in Newstead and to provide guidance on their ongoing management.

A public consultation over the plan was held this year, including a community drop-in event and public meeting at Newstead Village Hall in June. Residents, Newstead Village Community Trust, Melrose & District Community Council and other relevant stakeholders were notified of the consultation by email or letter.

And when members of SBC’s Planning and Building Standards Committee meet on Monday (January 8), they will be recommended to adopt the new management plan.

Most of Newstead’s surviving historic buildings date to the 18th and 19th century, but some date back to earlier centuries or incorporate fabric (including date stones) from earlier periods.

The council report says: “The intention of conservation area designation is not to stop change from happening, but to make sure it takes place in a way that preserves or enhances the character and appearance of the conservation area.

“Buildings in Newstead generally retain their historic integrity, although this is eroded in some places by the loss of architectural features or addition of poor quality new elements.

“In particular, there are a number of modern box dormers visible in the streetscape, and windows have been replaced with uncharacteristic modern alternatives.

“Such incremental change can have a significant impact on the character of the area. The loss of historic sundials and carved stone can also erode this distinctive characteristic.”