'Serious concern' over Eskbank development

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A Dalkeith man may be forced to demolish his partially-built house in Eskbank after repeatedly failing to secure planning permission.

Midlothian Council’s planning committee rejected Fraser Watson’s latest bid on October 8.

He faces being forced to pull the unauthorised structure down, and could end up £50,000 out of pocket.

His application to build a three-storey house at 7 Westfield Park was refused in March 2007.

In February 2012, he was given consent to develop a two-storey property. Work started on site in 2011, in advance of him securing a building warrant.

But planning officials deemed the construction to be “unauthorised” as it was in a different location and “outwith the scope” of permission granted in 2012.

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