Milestone – planning to grow bigger and better in your Borders

Milestone Garden and Leisure is getting fit and growing. Ross Allan, Managing Director is taking Milestone, an independent Scottish Borders business to a whole new level now that it is in its eighth year of trading.

Three detailed planning applications along with drawings and landscaping plans were submitted to Scottish Borders Council last week that will allow Milestone to take the next steps in its growth plans.

The applications include planning permission for 40 homes, a major expansion of Milestone Garden and Leisure to include, increased restaurant space, a new coffee lounge, fitness gym and larger garden and gift departments. The plans also include some serviced business units on the site as well as a separate residential property.

Since Milestone opened in September 2006 it has had over 3 million visitors, put in excess of ?4 million pounds into the local economy, through the employment of local people and sold more than 2.5 million trees, shrubs and bedding plants.

The development of Milestone will see increased employment and business opportunities as well as providing new leisure facilities for the Newtown St. Boswells, St. Boswells and Melrose area.

Visitors to Milestone come from all over the Scottish Borders and Northumberland, Central Scotland and beyond. The anticipated increase in visitor numbers and footfall will benefit the local economy, local villages and the Scottish Borders as a whole.

Ross Allan, Managing Director said ?Milestone Garden and Leisure is proud to be based in the Scottish Borders and is very much part of the Newtown St. Boswells community. The planned development will bring increased footfall and business opportunities to this part of the Scottish Borders.?

He went on to say ?During the past eight years we have helped many local young people to get on the career ladder, provided employment experience and career opportunities for local people and have worked with community groups and charities to enhance Scottish Borders living. The next phase will be really exciting not only for the Milestone team but also the local community and the Scottish Borders as a whole.?

Mike Davidson, Architect and Director of Camerons Architects based in Galashiels said ?having been involved from the original creation of Milestone 8 years ago and seeing the great success of the business, it is exciting for Camerons Architects to be involved with the next phase of the development.?

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