Penicuik Mall flats plan

Thursday April 29th 2021

Kentigern-Mall-Penicuik

Kentigern Mall in Penicuik.


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A former supermarket’s first floor could be converted into flats under new plans for Penicuik town centre.

London firm Sheet Anchor Evolve has applied for planning permission to transform the retail space at Kentigern Mall into residential property.

The move will see the first floor of the site, which currently has B&M in its ground floor, convereted into seven flats, each with a small terrace area.

The building was initially home to Presto and opened in 1987.

A design statement for the new flats reveals the first floor was used for storage by the Presto store, as well as providing staff with a canteen.

Seven parking spaces will be set aside from the mall’s car park for residents and a secure entrance into the new flats will be created, along with 14 lockable cycle spaces.

Putting forward the case for the flats, three of which will be two-bedrrom and four one-bedroom, developers say it will provide “much-needed housing provision for Penicuik”.

They add: “Recent public realm improvements to High Street have sought to consolidate footfall in the town centre.

“The development of Kentigern Mall serves in a small part to begin a process of regeneration to the east of this area which will improve amenity, walkability and connectivity to the east of the town centre and serve to re-activate John Street.”

The plans can be viewed on the council website HERE.

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