South Scotland

Gym plan for former hostel in Melrose

A former youth hostel in the Borders could become home to a pay-as-you-go gym, offices and artists' studios.

Priorwood, on the outskirts of Melrose, would be transformed under the plans drawn up by house builder Rural Renaissance.

The building was one of five hostels earmarked for closure by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association in 2011.

It sold in September after being marketed for offers over £500,000, according to property agent Savills.

The red sandstone building has 22 bedrooms, five reception rooms and six bathrooms over four floors.

In plans submitted to Scottish Borders Council, Rural Renaissance claim its project would secure a viable future for the property, which dates from about 1815.

It said the development could create employment in the area, and the studios could ensure that artists and designers remain in the region.

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