A 120ft-high sculpture planned to be sited on the Border between Scotland and England has been given planning approval.

The Star of Caledonia, designed by Dumfriesshire artist Charles Jencks and designer Cecil Balmond, has moved one step closer to being built in a £5 million scheme.

The Gretna Landmark Trust now needs to find extra funding for construction this year.

Creative Scotland, the national arts funding body, has already committed £1m.

Mr Jencks said the work will "pull together the adjacent site, the distant hills and the Solway".

He added: "Nestled into the curving mound and springing from it is Cecil Balmond's whirling creation. In one sense it is a scintillating piece of calligraphy seen against the sky which will signify various meanings as you approach it."

The council's planning committee supported the plan and there were no public objections as a report pointed to benefits for tourism, local businesses and regeneration of the area.

Alasdair Houston, chairman of the Gretna Landmark Trust, said: "As an opportunity for a country to herald its Border, this is remarkable. The Star is a timeless work, which for 365 days a year will be a bold and confident statement of Scotland's innovation and energy."