Trust plans to turn Bonnyrigg tanning salon into tearoom

Thursday August 4th 2022


The tanning salon on Lothian Street near to Bonnyrigg Toll.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A community trust wants to turn a tanning salon into a tearoom to bring more people into a town centre.

Bonnyrigg and Sherwood Community Development Trust has applied to Midlothian Council to change the use of the salon, on Lothian Street, into a community tearoom.

The trust, a registered charity, says the new cafe facility will boost the area and operate seven days a week from 8am until 7pm. In its planning application it says: “The tea-room will encourage footfall within the existing town centre and help to enhance the vitality and viability of the area.”

The trust provides support to children and young people, local groups and other voluntary services in its community. It said its objective is to advance education and provide recreation or other leisure time facilities.

It says the new tearoom will serve cakes and baked goods alongside hot and cold drinks but hot food will be restricted to soup and toasties.

Apart from changing the frontage of the salon to reflect the new business, it says no alternations will be made and there are no plans for parking provision because of the tearoom’s town centre position.

It says: “No designated car parking is proposed. The property is located within Bonnyrigg town centre and is well served on foot and by public transport connections.”

The application is available to view on Midlothian Council’s planning portal HERE.

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