Opposition to housing plans

Bill Wildey (left) and other protestors at the South Mayfield building site wherePersimon is to build new homes.
Bill Wildey (left) and other protestors at the South Mayfield building site wherePersimon is to build new homes.

LOCALS opposed to plans to build 60 homes at a wood in Mayfield have told the Advertiser why they are dead against the scheme.

Persimmon Homes is behind plans to build the homes on land off Westhouses Road in South Mayfield, on a site that was given outline planning permission for homes in 2003 after a public enquiry.

Bill Wildey is part of a group of about 10-15 local people that were behind a petition which got over 200 signatures in little over a week.

He explained the many reasons for their objections: “Everybody is up in arms, we object to the woods being cut down and the disruption this will cause.”

Jim Kirkpatrick, Persimmon Homes East Scotland’s managing director said: “The site at South Mayfield was established as suitable for housing in 2003 and is allocated for housing within the Midlothian Local Plan. It will provide much needed family housing at affordable prices in the Dalkeith area.”

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