Group takes on housing plans

Local people  pictured at Gladstones Gait where the new opening is planned for the 'HS10 development'
Local people pictured at Gladstones Gait where the new opening is planned for the 'HS10 development'

A residents group set-up to take on plans for the latest phase of an ever growing housing development remains hopeful of success.

The HS10 Action Group was set up at a Bonnyrigg Community Council meeting, to fight against elements of Walker Homes’ plans for a new housing development at Dalhousie Mains. The group now has 300 members and a petition with 923 names on it aimed at changing aspects of the planned development.

Steve Spratt explained that access to the development site is the group’s main concern.

He said: “I would like to think that bringing cars though Baird’s Way is a no go for them now.

“Forcing them onto Distributor Road would be a win.

“Preferably the A7, but if not Distributor Road would be good.

“Which was the original plan until they looked at the costs, as it needs a bridge.

“There are quite a lot of points that we have put down.

“The non-use of Baird’s Way is the primary one, but access is going to be busier anyway once it is completed.

“I think there is definitely a need to upgrade that road to make it more accessible. The access is critical for us.

“If we could get that I will be pretty satisfied that we have done what we set out to do.

“Things like the doctors and schools being overcrowded, that’s outwith our control. That’s up to the council to look at. And also the Internet, that’s another side issue.

“We have four committee members organising things.

“Now everyone wants a second meeting. But I’m trying to hold off until we know what happens with the plans.

“I’m really pleased with the community spirit and positive feedback we have had. It’s good that we can make a difference.”

A spokesman for Walker Group said: “We can confirm that a planning application will be lodged shortly which will be supported by technical reports which address all aspects of the proposed development. We are currently engaged in pre-application discussions with the council and the technical assessments which will accompany the application have been prepared in consultation with Midlothian Council.”