Taylor Wimpey has arranged to meet with Midlothian Council officials regarding its latest planning application at Hopefield in Bonnyrigg.
As reported in last week’s Advertiser, councillors 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.
However, Taylor Wimpey insists it already had a legal agreement in place for a 10 per cent provision for affordable homes, the number that councillors were asking for at the planning meeting.
At the planning committee meeting held last month, councillors turned down officers’ recommendation to grant planning permission for the Hopefied Farm site.
Regarding the wider Hopefield development, councillors asked officials to query Taylor Wimpey about the planned neighbourhood centre, and local sports facilities in the area.
It was agreed to go back to the developer to negotiate the number of affordable homes on the site from five to ten per cent, and discuss the other issues raised.
In response to last week’s story, David Steven, technical director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, expressed an eagerness to work with council planning officials.
He also revealed that they had already agreed to a ten per cent provision of affordable homes on the site.
He said: “We were obviously disappointed to hear that Midlothian Council has been unable to grant planning permission for our next phase of new homes at Hopefield in Bonnyrigg.
“We are keen to engage in positive and constructive discussions with the council, and therefore we have moved quickly to set up a meeting with planning officials in order to seek clarity on the issues that have arisen – which in some cases we believe bear no relevance to the determination of this particular planning application.
“We have already given a legal commitment to a 10 per cent provision for affordable homes on-site or a commuted sum and education contributions as part of a Section 75 Agreement that was agreed in May last year.
“It also covered the increase in homes on the development from around 1,100 to around 1,300 homes.
“These commitments are therefore clear and binding on us.
“We are now keen to understand the council’s position on other matters in relation to the wider Hopefield development as quickly as possible and to work with them to get our planning application approved which would allow us to maintain continuity for our workforce on-site.“