Green light for rural housing near Dalkeith

Fordel Filling Station on the A6106
Fordel Filling Station on the A6106

Planning permission in principal has been granted for the construction of 60 houses at a countryside spot next to Fordel petrol filling station.

At a recent meeting in Dalkeith, the planning committee of Midlothian Council also voted in favour of granting applicant RH Miller Ltd consent for a warehouse, extension to a filling station kiosk and other associated works.

The planned development is not part of the £13 million Fordel View “tourism village” development.

The RH Miller site comprises a mixed-used development including a filling station, shop and restaurant, equestrian and agricultural supplies outlet, warehousing, garden shop, offices, a caravan site and caravan storage facility.

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Recommending refusal, the council’s development management manager Peter Arnsdorf told the meeting: “The site is not allocated for housing in the adopted Midlothian Local Plan [the council’s planning policies and strategy for future development] and is not identified for housing in the council’s Main Issues Report [document setting out the council’s general proposals for the development of Midlothian].”

Councillor Ian Baxter (Green) said: “We have a local plan for a very good reason as there are some parts of Midlothian that are not suitable towards inwards investment. This is one of those areas.”

However Labour councillors, including Alex Bennett, Russell Imrie and Adam Montgomery argued that the development should go ahead.

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