New homes plan for the outskirts of Dalkeith ‘could boost area’

Salters Park,  next to Dalkeith Hight School  along the A68.
Salters Park, next to Dalkeith Hight School along the A68.

The group behind a mixed use development at a 30 hectare site between Dalkeith School Campus and the A68 has 
defended its plans.

A pre-application consultation for the plans for Salters Park was submitted in November by Buccleuch Property Group, which includes plans to change some of the land use from industrial to residential.

The site is east of Salters Road, south of the A68 and north of the school campus.

At last week’s planning meeting the committee was invited to express a ‘view without prejudice’ on the plans and identify any worries.

Councillor Derek Milligan (Lab) said: “I have grave concerns. If we are not going to use this for economic land then what will we use for economic land?

“We are already taking our share of houses, therefore we should make sure there is adequate land to take the jobs as well.”

Views and comments expressed by the committee will be relayed to the applicant.

Sandy Smith of Buccleuch Property Group said: “The Salters Park site has been allocated for employment use since 1974 without attracting any market activity. Therefore a mixed use development will allow some measure of employment use on the site to actually take place by addressing the current ground conditions through the value created by residential development.”

Buccleuch Property Group is to hold a public consultation on its plans at Woodburn Primary School on Monday, February 9, 5-7.30pm.

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