Coldstream Caravan Park gets green light

Coldstream Holuday Park

Posted: December 7th, 2020

The vision of re-establishing a caravan park for Coldstream finally became a reality when approval was given at the Planning Committee of Scottish Borders Council today.

Berwickshire operator Chris Gregg, who has successfully run Blackadder Holiday Park in Greenlaw for the past 25 years, finally got the go ahead for a new caravan park for Coldstream.

This major new tourism development, which will consist of holiday caravans, luxury lodges, touring pitches and a range of new glamping accommodation, will be located on the outskirts of the town, just opposite the Health Centre on Kelso Road.

The development had the unanimous backing of both local councillors, but today’s decision has been a long time in the making. Local councillor Donald Moffat first spoke with Chris Gregg about the benefit of re-establishing a caravan/camping site for Coldstream in 1997.

The project was picked up by the Late Gerald Tait, the Community Council and Councillors John Greenwell and Donald Moffat. And the views of local people were sought, resulting in a town action plan which strongly recommended the need to re-establish a park being presented to Scottish Borders Council.  With the kind support of Jill and Colin McGregor of McGregor Farms, a suitable site was identified two years ago. Prior to today’s decision, a lengthy public consultation process was undertaken in the town and many thoughtful popular observations were noted.

Work to develop the 15 acre site will begin straight away and it is hoped that the first phase of the new park will open to visitors on the 1st May next year.

Owner Chris Gregg says:

“Twenty-three years ago, I realised that one of Scotland’s most iconic towns did not have a Caravan Park. The Vision of the Coldstream Community Action Plan meant that I was finally able to pursue this desire two years ago and I am absolutely thrilled that Coldstream Holiday Park was given the green light by Scottish Borders Council today.

After carrying out lengthy research and marketing planning for the project, the opportunities are immense, not just for the business but for the whole town. I would like to thank local councillors, South of Scotland Enterprise and the people of Coldstream for their invaluable support. We look forward to building a vibrant 21st century business which will encourage many, many visitors to visit and return to this lovely and unique Border town.”

Councillor Donald Moffat says:

“As a Councillor, I could see the benefit of re-establishing a caravan /campsite in Coldstream. This will be a legacy for future generations and will help our local economy for years to come and I would like to give my best wishes to Chris Gregg for having the faith to invest in our town.”