Plans for ‘New Pentland’ near Straiton go to public consultation

Tuesday January 26th 2021


An aerial photograph with the New Pentland site marked out

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A new retail park project next to Straiton could create 145 permanent jobs as well as providing additional affordable housing and care for the elderly.

The proposals for New Pentland by Pentland Park Marine Ltd include a hotel, food retail, housing, elderly accommodation and commercial premises on the site next to Straiton, which adjoins the junction of the A701 and Pentland Road.

And developers say the project could see more than £22million invested in it, with 145 permanent jobs created and a further 172 required uring its construction.

The ambitious plans, which are set to go out to public consultation, could be realised in just two years, according to developers who say they have come up with an opportunity not previously considered by Midlothian Council.

Promoting the project on the newly created website, they say: “It has emerged as a result of sustained and established demand for new food retail development and other mixed-use commercial and residential interest in this particular location.

“Moreover, the current economic crisis created by COVID-19 has heightened the need to deliver positive local economic development and job opportunities through development.”

They go on to say:

“New Pentland will offer more than just commercial development. The proposals will also deliver new amenity greenspace, well-lit footpaths, a children’s play park and other community facilities as well as a range of new homes for the elderly.

“This is an exciting opportunity, which can be maximised to deliver a quality development that improves local amenity, delivers economic development and jobs and in doing so achieves the aspirations for this strategic growth corridor.”

The plans will be put to the public via unmanned exhibitions to be displayed outside Pentland Park on the main office building and using online chats.

The exhibition will be in place from Wednesday, February 10, and remain on display throughout the consultation process.

The First online chat is scheduled for the same day between 3pm and 8pm with a second virtual event in March, with detail still to be confirmed.

Details of the consultation will be promoted on the dedicated website for the project.

Two weeks ago Midlothian Council planners warned in a report on the nearby Straiton West proposal by Straiton Park Limited that it was unlikely they would support the proposal in its current form, Straiton greenbelt warning

The image below shows the development areas along the A701.


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