No to flats on Bonnyrigg playpark

Former playground area at end of De Quincey Road, Bonnyrigg. Planning consent for housing refused because of impact on No74. More than 110 letters of objection have been sent.
Former playground area at end of De Quincey Road, Bonnyrigg. Planning consent for housing refused because of impact on No74. More than 110 letters of objection have been sent.

Controversial plans to build flats on a former children’s playground have been refused for a second time by Midlothian Council.

Last month, the Local Review Body rejected a planning appeal, lodged by applicant Broomieknowe Properties, for the construction of two flats adjacent to 74 De Quincey Road, Bonnyrigg.

More than 100 letters of objection were submitted to the local authority when planning officers used delegated powers to consider the plans in October.

The plan for one building containing two two-bedroom flats was rejected on the grounds that its location would result in an unacceptable impact on the amenity of the occupants of No 74, which was contrary to local planning policy.

In addition, it was felt the new building would disrupt the uniform street pattern and defined visible boundary of the built-up area.

Addressing the Local Review Body, agent Euan Pearson explained the proposed house was of a similar style to buildings on the north side of De Quincey Road and was in line with the properties in St Anne’s Path.

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