Former textile mill and site in Innerleithen brought to market

SHEPHERD Chartered Surveyors has confirmed it is bringing to market a former textile mill and site in Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, described as being suitable for a variety of commercial uses or residential development.

Brodies Mill and outbuildings are situated on a self-contained 0.9 acre regeneration site. The four-floor mill building was constructed in 1788 by Alexander Brodie and Shepherd revealed it was subsequently added to in a ‘piecemeal fashion’ over the 19th and 20th centuries to become Caerlee Mill, Innerleithen’s largest employer producing cashmere around the world under the Ballantyne brand.

Since the Caerlee Mill site’s closure in 2013, a number of later additions have been demolished to create the adjacent residential site, on which Whiteburn is close to completing its development of 44 new homes, all of which have been sold.

The retained buildings are Category B-Listed and lie a short walk from the town centre.

Whiteburn’s MD Eve McCurrich said, “We have had preliminary discussions with a number of interested parties, including a mountain bike innovation centre, and are now ready to see a viable and complementary use emerge for these buildings, compatible with the character of our Caerlee development as well as the village of Innerleithen.”

Steven Clarke, associate at Shepherd’s Edinburgh office, added, “This key site is designated for regeneration and the current owner has made representation to the emerging Local Plan for residential use. As such, we anticipate keen interest from a range of developers in this opportunity.”