Eskbank housing plan approved

David Wilson Homes have been granted planning permission to build 140 new homes on the site of the former Jewel and Esk Valley College in Eskbank.

Midlothian Council approved the developer’s plans to build 94 detached houses, 18 semi-detached houses and 28 flats on the 6.37 hectare site.

All 28 flats, to be built in two three-storey blocks, will be two-bedroom, there will be 18 three-bedroom houses, 83 four-bedroom houses, three five-bedroom and eight six-bedroom properties. All the houses are two-storey in height.

Access to 44 of the new homes will be off Ancrum Bank. The other 96 properties will be accessed from a new entrance off Dalhousie Road. It is proposed that the two roads will not be linked in order to prevent through traffic.

The plans include the provision of a children’s play area in an area of open space, with public art features also located in this part of the site. Details of the art features have still to be submitted.