Consultation on new development in the centre of Newtongrange

Friday June 14th 2024

Newtongrange New development

Sketch of the proposed new development in Newtongrange.

Written by Midlothian View reporter, Lolita Bozhko

Midlothian Council held a public consultation regarding the proposed new development in Newtongrange. The project aims to transform the area into a vibrant residential community with such features as council-owned terraces and flats, a new library site and a community hub, an upgraded car park and a public garden. The development seeks to enhance the local infrastructure and provide affordable housing primarily for families and older generations.

The consultation saw participation from over fifty community members. The architects, Anderson Bell + Christie, provided a visual layout of the new build.

Attendees were encouraged to ask questions, voice their opinions and provide suggestions. Common themes from the feedback included united support for green spaces and interest in housing options.

Douglas Bowen, Midlothian South SNP Councillor, commented:

“I am very pleased that Midlothian Council are taking action regarding the badly needed re-development of the centre of Newtongrange village and are consulting with the community in this regard. As the eventual development proposal will be the subject of a Planning Application to the Council, I am unable to express a view at this stage other than to say that my hope is to see a vibrant village centre being created with a Library, Leisure Centre and Garden along with the re-developed Church.”

Ellen Scott, Midlothian South SNP Councillor, said:

“I am extremely pleased that this consultation is taking place. The Centre of Newtongrange has needed refurbishment since the swimming pool was closed and demolished and has been eagerly awaited. You will appreciate that this development proposal will be the subject of a Planning Application to the Council. Because of this I cannot express any opinion until that future Planning Committee when all the information would be made available to the members.”

Yet, the majority of residents agree that Newtongrange still needs developments in other areas. One gentleman expressed his dissatisfaction with services in town. He said:

“There is nothing here. There’s no doctors – all of them are in Eskbank, no surgeons, as well. It is a nice town, but there is nothing here.”

He also shared that the council already had another meeting of this sort in September 2023, and still, nothing changed.

After the consultation, Anderson Bell + Christie will review the gathered feedback and integrate it into the project plans. It seems that the company is committed to maintaining an open dialogue with the community as the building starts, ensuring that it meets the needs and aspirations of local residents.

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