Refusal for Penicuik flats plan at review

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PLANS for five flats and a shop in Penicuik have been rejected by Midlothian Council.

Councillors at a recent meeting of the Local Review Body meeting unanimously backed planners’ decision to refuse permission for the development.

Planning permission for five flats and a shop at 80A Pentland Terrace, Penicuik, had originally been refused on December 21.

One letter of objection raised concerns over inadequate parking and cycle parking provision, concern over the design, drainage, lack of garden ground and the impact of the development on neighbouring properties’ privacy.

It was brought before the committee following an appeal against the refusal.

But councillors backed the view of officers that the development would not be suitable.

Councillor Jackie Aitchison (Lab) said: “I think it is a piece of overdevelopment here. I do agree with the planners on this particular occasion.”

Councillor Bob Constable (SNP) said: “To put five flats on a very small site like that would be excessive development and not very attractive.”