A deal to build hundreds of much-needed new homes in Midlothian has been agreed in a major boost for the county’s newest area.
Shawfair LLP has confirmed that Bellway Homes and Miller Homes, with the support of Midlothian Council, will deliver up to 358 new homes for sale and affordable rent over the next five years at its Danderhall South site in Shawfair.
With construction due to start onsite in next spring, subject to detailed planning approval, the news marks a significant milestone in what is currently the largest urban expansion project in Midlothian.
Nick Waugh, director of Shawfair LLP, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that two of the UK’s most high profile housebuilders have agreed to build quality new homes as part of the first phase of development at Shawfair LLP’s Danderhall South site. This announcement comes at a time of great need for a quality mix of housing in the area and represents a key moment in the lifespan of the project so far as we look to realise our vision of creating a community and desirable place to live at Shawfair in the future.
“This is positive news for the area and will help to unlock further investment and create jobs in the construction sector and supply chain.”
Bellway Homes will deliver 236 new homes to the north of Shawfair Park, including a mixture of two, three, four and five-bedroom housing for sale and affordable rent. Meanwhile, Miller Homes will build a further 122 new homes of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes for sale and affordable rent at the east of Danderhall.
Andy Wyles, managing director of Bellway Homes, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new residential developments in Scotland and we are thrilled to be playing a part in the growth of this vibrant new community.”
The development of the new community at Shawfair, through a joint venture between Buccleuch Property and Mactaggart and Mickel, will deliver 4000 homes, new schools, business spaces and public amenities over the next 20 years. The development will be built around a new town centre and railway station connected by the Borders Railway, providing access to Edinburgh in 15 minutes.