Call for Bonnyrigg housing plans re-think

Midlothian House, where councillors discussed the planning application

Midlothian House, where councillors discussed the planning application

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Councillors have sent plans for 33 homes and 12 flats in Bonnyrigg back to the developer, asking it to consider the number of affordable homes to be included.

At last week’s planning meeting, councillors refused planning permission for the Hopefied Farm site.

Regarding the wider Hopefield development, Taylor Wimpey will also be asked to discuss the planned neighbourhood centre, and local sports facilities.

Labour councillor Derek Milligan said: “When this first came as a housing site it was for 1,000 houses. Then it was 1,100 because affordable homes would be additional. I believe we are now past that number so we are going to be towards 200 more houses than we envisaged.

“Also, I have not seen any movement at all on the town centre area we were supposed to see, with shops etc.

“It’s boarded up, which is just simply unacceptable.

“There was also meant to be a cycle path which hasn’t materialised.

“Before we grant any more applications in this site, we have to address these problems, because the residents there quite rightly feel that they haven’t been addressed.”

It was agreed to go back to the developer to negotiate the number of affordable homes on the site from 5 per cent to 10 per cent, and discuss the issues raised.