Shawfair unveiled by deputy First Minister

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Progress on delivering the Shawfair new town development in the north of Midlothian has been welcomed.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined the companies behind the £200m new town at its official launch today (May 20).

Developers Buccleuch Property and house-builders Mactaggart and Mickel, working together as Shawfair LLP, are planning 4,000 new homes, two new primary schools, a new 1,200 roll secondary school and supermarket and other shopping facilities at the site, which will also have a station as part of the Borders railway project.

Councillor Jim Bryant (SNP), cabinet member for economic development, said: “Midlothian is a great place to live and work and it is brilliant to hear of the progress being made on the Shawfair development, which will create a huge number of jobs and help the county grow.

“This new town will have leisure, sport and recreation together with other community facilities and as a council, we’re looking forward to continuing to work with others to create the most successful development we can.”

The new town is expected to have strong environmental credentials in terms of low cost heat and power schemes. An impressed councillor Bryant added. “I know they’re looking at interesting schemes to minimise the environmental impact of the town.”

Read more about Shawfair and the Deputy First Minister’s visit to Midlothian in next week’s Advertiser.