Demands hold up new Loanhead road

Progress on Loanhead’s new relief road has been held up while the developer and council try to reach a legal agreement.

The parties are trying to find common ground as the developer faces council demands to contribute financially to social housing, education and leisure as well as construct a £3 million road - in the current financial climate.

Updating Loanhead and District Community Council last week, Simon Dormer, a development consultant with Straiton Retail Park Limited, said the bank’s support was in place and the road construction consent application was ready to be submitted to Midlothian Council.

“There are a number of areas where we are content with the local authority in terms of their demands. We always understood the road was paramount to the release of this land (for housing and industrial use) and we want to make it clear we have a great desire to build that road. The issues are that the costs have gone up quite dramatically since initial approval many months ago,” he explained.

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