Monday December 28th 2015
Jim Telfer is a farmer whose family have been farming their 60 acre plot of land since 1915. He and his family now face eviction to make way for private development.
Midlothian Council had already rejected the plans but the developer then appealed to the Scottish Government who also then rejected the plans. But the Scottish Government has now made a U-turn and called in the appeal of Pentland Studios for consideration due to the national interest that the studio presents.
However, campaigners believe that it is in the interest of the nation to save the best agricultural land and stop the central belt clearances. It is of national interest that food security, green land and farming resilience take priority. And it is of national interest that developers are made to match up with Scottish Government policies and targets as well as local development plans for a greener and more sustainable Scotland.
They maintain that this is not the location for a film studio. They recognise that there is a need for a film studio in Scotland but are adamant that too much is at stake here with the loss of biodiversity, farm land, human rights and the loss of a democratic planning system, negating the purpose of local planning policies should this private development be granted permission.
Campaigners are calling on Midlothian residents to sign their petition against the building of Pentland Studios at Damhead, Straiton. Sign the PETITION HERETweet Share on Facebook