Howgate village Hall was standing room only on Saturday as 50 local people gathered to share their concerns about plans for a major housing development on the derelict Wellington School Site.
Lochay Homes has submitted a Proposed Application Notice to Midlothian Council for a major residential development, to build at least 50 homes. It will hold a public consultation in the early summer with a full planning application to follow later in the year.
Although part of the former school is classed as a brownfield site, much of the land is greenfield as it is former playing fields, grassed landscaping and woodland.
A dozen people at the meeting came forward to form a working group to ensure that the community is kept informed about the plans.
A letter signed by 45 local residents was sent to Midlothian Council asking that they instruct the developer to conduct their consultation in such a way as to enable meaningful input from the community.