Golf ‘masterplan’ under fire

Jim O'meara, Bonnyrigg who has concerns about a proposed housing development opposite his house.
Jim O'meara, Bonnyrigg who has concerns about a proposed housing development opposite his house.

CALA Homes’ intention to build between 50-60 houses on a practice green at Broomieknowe Golf Club has teed-off local residents.

A proposed access point at Viewfield Avenue has sparked traffic safety fears even before a planning application has been lodged.

Eskbank Road resident Jim O’Meara said: “We are aware that the Scottish Government has called for more housing to be made available and that the practice area is one of the obvious sites for consideration.

“However, there have been a number of concerns expressed – such as the access point, which has been changed from the original plan. It was originally to be from Eskbank Road but is now to be by way of Viewfield Avenue.

“There are already problems for cars emerging onto Eskbank Road from the avenue which will be far worse when the site is finished and something like 100 extra cars will be involved.”

Club representative Jim Donaldson said the housing proposals are part of a plan to deliver new clubhouse facilities and improvements to the course and boundaries: “It is a fundamental element of a masterplan for the golf club.

“The investment will provide the necessary means to ensure a positive and long future for the club and associated benefits for the wider community. The club and CALA have received a high level of support from club members and the wider community, and we welcome the identification of the practice area for housing.”

CALA’s Strategic Land Director Derek Lawson said: “CALA is continuing to consider the points made by residents. This will be informed by a technical review. Traffic safety is of paramount importance and it was for this reason that the council requested we utilise Viewbank Avenue.”