‘Plans will merge Midlothian neighbourhoods’

Local resident Stephen Liddell  Kippielaw (left) and other neighbours are opposed to plans to change the use of the land from farm to houses as they would say it will link Woodburn, Easthouses and Woodburn, losing their seperate identitys''Holding the banner with Stephen is Brian Martin.
Local resident Stephen Liddell Kippielaw (left) and other neighbours are opposed to plans to change the use of the land from farm to houses as they would say it will link Woodburn, Easthouses and Woodburn, losing their seperate identitys''Holding the banner with Stephen is Brian Martin.

Residents are fighting plans for a new housing estate which they believe would merge three separate communities into one.

Changing land use at Kippielaw House from farm to housing is under consideration for the main issues report into the Midlothian Local Plan.

The ‘Save Kippielaw’ group is fighting the plan by Walker Homes and landowner Grange Estates amid fears it would merge the communities of Easthouses, Woodburn and Mayfield – ending their separate identities.

The group is also worried about a high pressure gas pipe that runs through the site, just 1.2 metres underground, from Pathhead to Fairmilehead.

Stephen Liddell, of Save Kippielaw, is worried that the original plans for 60 homes on an 18-acre site will just herald a return to the original larger site plan rejected in 2004.

He said: “The problem we have got with it is that the original proposed area is one thing, but we think it is only phase one of a much larger development.

“If that was to get developed, we would only be half a field away from built-up land from Mayfield to Dalkeith.

“We would, therefore, lose the sense of different communities.”

Read more on this story in the August 15 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.