Plans to turn former Penicuik supermarket into flats

A former supermarket’s first floor could be converted into flats under new plans for Penicuik town centre.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 2:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 2:47 pm
Stock aerial photo of Penicuik town centre.

London firm Sheet Anchor Evolve has applied for planning permission to transform the retail space at Kentigern Mall into residential property.

The move will see the first floor of the Penicuik site, which currently has a B&M store in its ground floor, convereted into seven flats, each with a small terrace area.

The building was initially home to Presto and opened in 1987.

A design statement for the proposed new flats reveals the first floor was used for storage by the Presto supermarket store, as well as providing staff with a canteen.

Seven parking spaces will be set aside from the town centre mall’s car park for local residents and a secure entrance into the new flats will be created under the proposals, along with 14 lockable cycle spaces.

Putting forward the case for the flats, three of which will be two-bedrrom and four one-bedroom, developers say it will provide “much-needed housing provision for Penicuik”.

Sheet Anchor Evolve add: “Recent public realm improvements to the High Street have sought to consolidate footfall in the town centre.

“The development of Kentigern Mall serves in a small part to begin a process of regeneration to the east of this area which will improve amenity, walkability and connectivity to the east of Penicuik town centre and serve to re-activate John Street.”

The plans can be viewed on the council website.