Plans for Innerleithen bike lift approved
Campaigners behind plans to build a mountain bike chairlift say being granted planning permission is a 'huge milestone. '
Scottish Borders Council approved the project, which is set to be built close to Innerleithen.
It's claimed it will create over 100 jobs. But now the hard work begins, because it's up to a community group to raise the £5.5m pounds for the project.
Ian Campbell from AIMUp, the company who are developing the bike lift, says that £5.5 million is needed to fund the project:
Chairlift will create 100 jobs
Planning permission has been given for a mountain bike chairlift in Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.
The project will cost around £5 million to complete and will also include a visitor centre and a toboggan run.
It's claimed it will create around 100 jobs.
Scottish Borders Council granted approval for the scheme during a meeting, but the developers will have to look at moving the entrance to the site because bats roost at the current proposed site.
– Ian Campbell from developers AIMUp
"This is obviously great news for the project, Innerleithen & we believe the Scottish Borders. With planning approval, we have something tangible to progress discussions with potential funders."
Backers hope for progress before Christmas
Scottish Borders Council Planning Committee confirm approval for the Planning in Principle application for the uplift at Innerleithen.
With planning approval plans to lease forest estate land will be made before the end of the year.