£13m plan to bring 250 jobs to Midlothian

Major plans to boost Midlothian’s tourism industry by creating a £13 million retail and tourism village at Fordel could create 250 jobs.

Developers Oakridge Property have described the proposals as a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

At a Midlothian Council planning hearing, the firm’s director Malcolm Cunningham described the proposed development as: “...a new tourist destination of national importance and one that Midlothian Council will be rightly proud of.”

A hotel, shops, restaurants and cafes would be built on the 12 acre site.

Also proposed is a viewing gallery – a wall of glass from which visitors could view the landscape from the Pentlands to Ben Lomond.

For full story, see The Advertiser, out Thursday, June 9.