A PLANNING hurdle needs to be overcome if a bid to convert a former riding arena into two detached family homes is to be successful.

Scottish Borders Council has received a request for planning permission in principle for the dwelling houses in the grounds of Mendick Wood in West Linton.

The application is for a change of use from a brownfield site to residential.

Jefcoate Anderson Architects have been engaged to explore the potential for a “quality development consisting of two new energy efficient family homes within the grounds of her existing home at Mendick Wood”.

A report with the application says: “The arena is located between our client’s property and the nearest houses Ardarie and Glen Etive.

“The site sits considerably lower than surrounding land having been excavated to create the level and sheltered arena.

“The arena is screened from Mendick Wood by an area of scrub and a steep wooded bank.

“In turn, Ardarie and Glen Etive are screened from the arena by a wooded area containing their associated septic tanks and the access track.”