Relief at Loanhead road plans

Plans for the long-awaited Loanhead relief road have been lodged with Midlothian Council.

And the news has been welcoming by the community, which has repeatedly called for a reduction in heavy goods traffic along Edgefield Road and Hunter Avenue towards the Edgefield Industrial Estate.

Straiton Park Limited submitted a planning application for the road, with associated landscaping and drainage, last month.

In a separate submission, the company is seeking outline consent for a residential development and industrial units on land north of the industrial estate and around Ashgrove House.

Heavy traffic

It is proposed that the relief road will run from Loanhead Road, alongside the path to Straiton Pond Nature Reserve, before swinging round to the industrial estate.

Alterations would be carried out to the roundabout at McDonald's, Straiton Retail Park, and a further roundabout would be built shortly before the road links into the industrial estate.

Loanhead and District Community Council chairman Pat Kenny said the relief road application was "long overdue".

Petrol station

"I am glad the heavy traffic is being diverted away from Edgefield Road and Loanhead Road in particular.

"Once the road is completed, Edgefield Road will be able to get back to what it should have been for – domestic traffic and light vehicles only," he added.

Meanwhile, moves are afoot to use the former Dansco Dairy site at New Pentland, Loanhead.

A planning application has been submitted to erect a retail building and petrol filling station, to create associated car parking, landscaping and access to the A701.