A public meeting was held recently to give locals a chance to hear more about plans for a new supermarket, reports Phil Bowen.
Aldi Stores are working in partnership with the Darling family, the owners of Mayshade Garden Centre, to bring a new Aldi foodstore to the current site of the Mayshade Garden Centre at the Bonnyrigg/Eskbank A7 roundabout.
Aldi, who are yet to submit their detailed plans to Midlothian Council, invited local community groups to view their proposals at an informal reception at Mayshade Garden Centre. Members of the Aldi development team were on hand to explain the proposals and answer questions.
This year Midlothian Council has approved a Certificate of Lawful Use for the site, for unrestricted class 1 retail use. This means that Aldi could begin trading as soon as the Mayshade Garden Centre closes. However, Aldi stores are built to a standard design in order to achieve cost efficiencies so Aldi plan to demolish the current garden centre buildings and cottages, and then build their new store.
The new building is to be low rise, sympathetically clad in wood and with a footprint not that much greater than the current building. It is to be located in the north west corner of the site where the cottages are currently.
The store is to have 122 car parking spaces, including six disabled and nine parent and child bays. The car park is to be reconfigured, with a significant area of the current yard and car park being landscaped.
Judging by the comments from the invited groups, the additional traffic volume and the car access to and from the site are likely to be among the most contentious issues in the planning process. The Aldi team presented their plans saying that their traffic proposals, which include widening the entrance, have been agreed with Midlothian Council roads officers.
Aldi do not expect their new store to open until 2017.