HMO plans for Penicuik and Poltonhall move on to next stage

Pentland house - residents concerned over plans for it's use as a homeless unit.
Pentland house - residents concerned over plans for it's use as a homeless unit.

Plans to turn two former care homes into controversial Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) have moved forward to the next stage.

The aim is to provide 58 beds for local homeless people at former young persons’ centre Midfield House, in Poltonhall, and former old people’s home Pentland House, in Penicuik.

The HMO plans will go before planning and general purposes committees, after Midlothian council’s cabinet approved them last week.

The paper put before the cabinet said the HMOs would tackle the “pressure” of homelessness demand in Midlothian.

However, locals in Penicuik have campaigned against the plans for Pentland House becoming an HMO with 43 beds.

Concerned local resident Margaret Wilson said: “Nobody questions giving people a roof over their heads but would you want 43 drug users/ alcoholics living on your doorstep?”

Mrs Wilson added that the community council plans to have a public meeting as Midlothian Council’s community consultation was “flawed”.

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