Stobhill Depot move ‘is against Midlothian’s local plan’

Stobhill  depot
Stobhill depot

Plans to build homes at Stobhill after the council’s road services depot is moved to Bonnyrigg has sparked anger about the Local Development Plan.

It was agreed in private at last months’s full council meeting to build a new depot on a site at Hopefield, Bonnyrigg.

The development will replace a number of facilities, namely the Stobhill, Fushiebridge and Bonnyrigg depots, the library HQ in Loanhead, and Buccleuch House in Dalkeith.

Under the proposals the land at Stobhill would be sold for housing.

However, speaking at last week’s Newtongrange Community Council meeting, the group’s secretary Ron Campbell questioned the point of having the recently finished Local Development Plan consultation, when such major changes are decided without consulting the local people.

He said: “The Local Development Plan clearly had that area as for industrial use. But then suddenly after all the consultation is over they just changed their minds and now say lets put housing there.

“It just makes an absolute mockery of the public consultation for the Local Development Plan, what was the point of it all?”

A Midlothian Council spokesman said: “Local development plans take about two years to prepare and are reviewed every five years. It is inevitable during such periods circumstances in relation to certain sites may change.

“If new proposals for a site come forward by way of a planning application then the council, as the planning authority, would need to consider the merits of any such application having regard to the provisions of the development plan including the zoning of the site in that plan.”

The planned relocation would also allow several units, being used by the council for storage, to be leased to local businesses.