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Previous Auction Lot

From Auction held in November 2018
Lot 17


Development Site in Town Centre Location – 0.14 Ha (0.35 Acre)


The property is centrally located in the busy Borders town of Galashiels (population 14,000) which lies on the A7 some 33 miles south of Edinburgh and 62 miles north of Carlisle. It is a major service and administrative centre for the area with a wide range of businesses and services. The area is well known for its textile industry and Heriot Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design is located in the south of the town. The A68 Edinburgh to northeast England is nearby and the town has good road links with the other principle areas in the Borders. The reinstatement of the Borders Railway Line between Edinburgh and Galashiels has increased accessibility to Scotland’s capital city with trains running every 30 minutes throughout the day. Roxburgh Street lies close to the High Street in the centre of Galashiels and the property is located on the left hand side, on its corner with Botany Mill.


Botany Mill dates from the late 18th century and comprises a large and impressive four storey C Listed mill building and a separate three storey detached traditional building which fronts the public road. Originally known as Weirhaugh Mill, it is thought that the name &otany Mill arose from it being the first mill in the town to use Botany wool. The wool manufacturing trade in Galashiels was the sole reason for the town’s expansion and prosperity in the 19th century. The buildings have now fallen into disrepair and require refurbishment/conversion. The surrounding area is predominantly commercial/industrial with some residential units at the High Street end of the street. Some on-street parking is available and there is a large public car park situated to the south east of the subjects. Situated near to amenities and easily accessible the subjects provide a great opportunity for a range of alternative uses for these historic buildings including residential conversion subject to all necessary planning consents being obtained.

Site Area

0.14 Ha (0.35 Acre) approx


A planning application Ref: 04/00284/COU was submitted in February 2004 for a change of use to form 16 residential units. For further information prospective purchasers are advised to contact Scottish Borders Council Planning Dept, Council Headquarters, Newtown St. Boswells Melrose TD6 0SA Tel: 0300 100 1800.


The subjects are sold subject to a lease in favour of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited (now EE) dated 1th October 2001 for 1 years. This covers part of the third floor internal space and part of the external roof space. Rent reviews have been carried out at 5 yearly intervals and the current rent payable is £6,812.72 plus VAT per annum payable quarterly. The agreement is currently continuing on tacit relocation. There is provision in the lease for notice of termination to be given prior to 15th Oct annually, giving 40 days notice by either party.

Rateable Value

There appears to be various entries in the Valuation Roll relating to the subjects. Accordingly interested parties are recommended to make their own enquiries regarding current entries and any re-assessment required. In addition, those parts of the property that are listed, are currently exempt from a liability for vacant rates.


Externally at any time.

Joint Auctioneers

DM Hall, 17 Corstorphine
Road, Edinburgh EH12 6DD Tel: 0131 624 6130

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