Councillors have ignored officers’ advice to reject plans for 60 homes at Fordel and have instead asked for more details on the proposals.
An application for planning permission in principle for the homes, a warehouse and an extension to the existing petrol station there was made by RH Miller Ltd.
Council officials recommended the plans be knocked back as they are “contrary to the Midlothian Local Plan’s policies of protecting the countryside” which “permits the redevelopment of redundant agricultural and other non-residential buildings in the countryside to residential use”.
However, councillors were unconvinced. Describing the proposed site near Dalkeith bypass, Councillor Peter De Vink (Ind) said: “The road we are talking about is like the road to nowhere. Since the bypass it has been almost like the Marie Celeste.
“There has been support from local community councils for this so I don’t know why we are so hung up on it.”
A site visit is to be arranged, with the application to come back in May with additional information for councillors.
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