Galashiels golf center on course for conversion to church

A former virtual golf center in the Borders is on course for conversion into a church.

The property on Channel Street in Galashiels has been empty for a number of years.

Now the Hope Church wants to bring it back into use for its growing congregation.

A planning application for the proposal has been submitted to the Scottish Borders Council.

A design statement said the site had last been in operation as an indoor virtual golf center in early 2017.

It used state of the art simulators to allow visitors to play dozens of the world’s best courses.

The property has been vacant since then but it is hoped it can be brought back into use.

Hope Church said its current premises on Overhaugh Street were not big enough for its congregation of more than 150 to gather together at once.

The design statement said bringing the property back into use would help to increase footfall in the town centre.

It added that no external alterations were planned so the proposals would not have any adverse impact on the amenity of the area.

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