Good turnout for masterplan consultation

Thursday June 22nd 2017


72 people attended the drop-in session at the Mining Museum

A high number of people came to the Mining Museum last week to give their views on the initial draft masterplan proposals for the potential redevelopment of the Stobhill Depot and part of the Lady Victoria Business Centre.

The drop-in session, organised by Smith Scott Mullan, the masterplanner commissioned by Midlothian Council and Borders Railway Blueprint Partnership, was at the National Mining Museum Scotland on Thursday 15 June.

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for economic development, Councillor Russell Imrie said he was pleased with the response. He said:

“Many thanks to the 72 people who came along. The design team is absolutely delighted with the turnout and the level of engagement.

“It’s vital that all views are captured, including any concerns people might have. We want to make sure all questions are addressed.”

The masterplan team will now consider all the information gathered and views received. It will work with the council and Blueprint Partnership to develop the design in anticipation of further engagement with the community in the autumn.

Councillor Imrie added:

“We want to make sure communities are fully consulted on the masterplan to help ensure a thriving, attractive neighbourhood and successful businesses.”

The Borders Railway Blueprint Partnership is seeking to work with private sector landowners to bring forward development and maximise the economic and community benefits of the Borders Railway.

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