Councillors back plans for new Roslin homes

The entrance to the Roslin BioCentre
The entrance to the Roslin BioCentre

Proposals for a major housing development on the outskirts of Roslin have been backed in principle by Midlothian councillors.

The BBSRC, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, has received outline consent to redevelop land formerly occupied by the Roslin Institute.

Although the institute has relocated to Easter Bush, the Roslin BioCentre is now on site. The area also has close associations with the Battle of Roslin (1303).

In backing the idea of a housing development, Midlothian councillors discounted the BBSRC’s masterplan, which showed that up to 300 houses could be accommodated on the site.

At present the site is designated as countryside, Green Belt and prime agricultural land. Earlier this year the council indicated that the site could provide for up to 200 houses.

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