Save Scott's Countryside is a Conservation Organisation--a locally-based and voluntary association that aims to protect and conserve the heritage of those parts of the Scottish Borders associated with the life and work of Sir Walter Scott.
In particular we are concerned for Scott’s Managed Landscape around Abbotsford, and its setting in the landscape of the surrounding countryside which includes not only the iconic Eildon Hills and the Eildon and Leaderfoot National Scenic Area, but also the towns and smaller settlements of the middle portion of the beautiful Tweed Valley.
Much of our work is in resisting inappropriate, damaging development and so involves monitoring, contributing and responding to the Planning Process in the Scottish Borders for the benefit of our landscape and heritage.
We partly do this now by being involved from an early stage as a stakeholder in the drawing up of Scottish Borders Council's Local Development Plans.
We liaise with other local and national organisations as appropriate.
A topical example of this is our participation in the Borders Network of local groups set up to resist the proliferation of insensitively-sited Wind Turbines, whether in small arrays or major wind farms.
Our supporters number approximately one thousand people, many of them from outwith the immediate area. We are always pleased to welcome more.
Contact is much easier, and cheaper, with those who have e-mail addresses.
There is no membership fee and for funding we rely on the generosity of our supporters.
If you wish to join our list of supporters, or make a donation, please go to our Contacts Page.
Urgent!! The threat of Housing at Netherbarns, opposite Abbotsford House, has not gone away:
Scottish Borders Council has indeed put the Netherbarns site into its 2020 Proposed Local Development Plan as suitable for up to forty five houses.
We urge Borderers, and all others who care about Walter Scott's House and Designed Landscape, to write their Objections, now called Representations, to our Council by January 25th 2021 to remove this Allocation from the Local Development Plan.
This needs to be a fresh Objection, previous objections will not be considered or put in front of the Scottish Ministers Planning Reporters when the matter goes to Public Inquiry (now called Public Examination).
In the event that a decision is made to allow a more modest and harmonious build, for which we have been arguing for some time, then we have made it known that we would launch plans for a nation-wide Competition For A Masterplan For Netherbarns.
For more details on where to send Objections and to see our formal Objection and other relevant items, please go to the News and Current Issues Page
See News and Current Issues Page for more details.