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£200m Shawfair New Town plan revived

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May 20 2014

£200m Shawfair New Town plan revived
Stalled plans to erect a £200m New Town on the outskirts of Edinburgh have been revived after the project was re-launched with the backing of the Scottish Government.

Stalled in 2009 when the Miller Group abruptly pulled out the scheme would entail construction of 4,000 new homes, two primary schools, a secondary school and 1m sq/ft of retail space arranged around the newly built Shawfair station, part of the soon to be reopened Borders railway line.

Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "The venture will boost local employment, create jobs, support skills development and strengthen Scotland's infrastructure. The fact that it will be accessible as part of the Borders Rail route will make the project even more attractive.”

Andrew Mickel of Shawfair LLP added, "The Shawfair project has long been in development. Our vision is to build a new self -sufficient community supported by a vibrant town centre with public amenities such as schools and a healthcare centre, transforming the area.

3 Comments

A local pleb
#1 Posted by A local pleb on 21 May 2014 at 14:02 PM
From the scope of work described the estimation of £200m appears a bit light...is the Scottish Government going to be saddled with yet another budgeting nightmare in the making?
Sven
#2 Posted by Sven on 22 May 2014 at 22:30 PM
I doubt that there will be a 'vibrant town centre' given how close it will be to The Fort. It is going to be a suburb of Edinburgh, so just stick to family housing, superstores, a school and healthcentre. No need for hyperbole and 'town centres' that are never going to work and are just going to cause disappointment.
BILL STEEDMAN
#3 Posted by BILL STEEDMAN on 23 Jan 2015 at 21:08 PM
taking away green fields and good farming land to grow crops for local future generations, to build another lego land to put more dosh in the developers bank accounts they dont point out that the waste incinerator for edinburgh is to be next to this lot also go to bed with your face mask on home owners good luck

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