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Planning charter to 'improve building quality'

Scottish Borders Council has published its first charter for planning enforcement.

The document sets out what powers the council have over planning and how it will investigate possible breaches of planning control.

Planning and building standards chairman and councillor Jock Houston said an online form would also be introduced for local residents to report unauthorised building work.

He said: “This charter reinforces our commitment to improving the quality of building in the Borders and to ensure that appropriate action is taken when developers flout the law or when things go wrong.”