Anger as new homes plan for Gorebridge is approved

Moorfoot Community Council members Malcolm Spaven & Lorna Crook at Harvieston Farm Gorebridge
Moorfoot Community Council members Malcolm Spaven & Lorna Crook at Harvieston Farm Gorebridge

Plans for 199 homes and 12 flats on Gorebridge farmland have been approved despite strong objections from community groups.

At Midlothian Council’s latest planning meeting the application by Taylor Wimpey to build the homes at Harvieston Farm on the south tip of Gorebridge by the A7, was approved subject to conditions.

Moorfoot Community Council Lorna Crook lives at Harvieston Cottage, next to the proposed site.

She said: “We put in a massive objection. Mostly about the style of the homes and how it would look on the approach to Gorebridge from the south.

“It wasn’t even addressed.

“I think it is just the inevitable push of getting as many houses in as possible.

“I just feel the planners could do more to get the best for Gorebridge. My personal view is that Gorebridge gets kind of a hard deal.”

Malcolm Spaven, also of Moorfoot Community Council, said:“This development will just create additional traffic from Gorebridge all the way to Sheriffhall. There is no cumulative assessment of the impact of that traffic.”

Gorebridge Community Council chairman Eddie Robertson said: “I sent a comment to say to them that the seem to be very close together and there didn’t seem to be much room. The houses are going to be right up against the wall of the A7 as far as I know.

“I always welcome housing. But I think in this instance there is going to be too many too close together.”

Pauline Mills, Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland revealed that the local community will receive £2.9 million as part of the plans.

She added: “Our design proposals meet the council’s residential planning guidance and aims to strike a balance to create a development that is economically viable whilst also being considerate to the local population.”

Pauline said that Taylor Wimpey hope to start construction later this year.