Superfast fibre optic commitment

Councillor Ian Baxter is hopeful that the installation of fibre optic broadband at Gorton Loan will become the norm
Councillor Ian Baxter is hopeful that the installation of fibre optic broadband at Gorton Loan will become the norm

A housing development will be fitted with super fast broadband after the applicant verbally agreed to do so at a council meeting last week.

The discussion on the provision of the superfast digital technology came to light at a Planning Committee meeting at which an application for the erection of 290 houses and a business park at land south of Gorton Loan, Rosewell, was approved subject to the condition that fibre optic broadband will be fitted to each premises.

The applicant Brett Homes had advised the committee that it anticipated that fibre optic services were scheduled for rollout in the Rosewell area in 2015/16.

Councillor Derek Milligan (Lab) said: “I think we should be making it part of the conditions that this has to be available because to frank we are sitting with large areas of houses that have just been built in Midlothian and they don’t have access to this.”

Councillor Ian Baxter (Green) said: “We should be saying to the developer that you have to, as a planning condition, install fibre to the premises because there is no technical or logistical reason why they cannot do that. The developer must be forced down the route of fibre to the premises if it can be done.”

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