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Straiton neighbourhood to serve as a 'gateway to Midlothian'

May 25 2023

Straiton neighbourhood to serve as a 'gateway to Midlothian'

Proposals to deliver a walkable neighbourhood at Straiton, Midlothian, have been aired by Straiton Estates and EMA, combining a mix of commercial and community facilities.

Straiton North will rise on Straiton Road, bounded to the north by the proposed A701 relief road and include a neighbourhood centre complete with a possible health centre.

Other elements of the scheme include a wetland area to the north and a 2.4-hectare employment zone.

Colin Mclachlan, director of Straiton Estates, commented: “Our scheme offers a unique opportunity to support the Council’s aspirations to develop Straiton into a people-centred place through creating a new 20-minute neighbourhood, successfully integrated into the area and forming a new mixed-use gateway to Midlothian."

A community consultation is scheduled to take place on 27 June between 16:00 and 19:30 at Loanhead Leisure Centre.


Great Uncle Beet
#1 Posted by Great Uncle Beet on 25 May 2023 at 09:57 AM
The creation of a health centre will not take into consideration the health of the soils on the site. NPF4.
Sarah Marjoribanks
#2 Posted by Sarah Marjoribanks on 29 May 2023 at 21:38 PM
1. We had to petition the council to keep the ranger service for another year - affordability given as reason to cut them where will the funding come from for such plans. Surely not going to add it to the 30 million borrowed for the ski slope park?
2. Loanhead has become a midden of fast food wrappers from Damhead to Straiton retail park down into Loanhead
3. Loanhead was provided with a new GP surgery to allow the Mayfield build to go ahead. Pity they can’t provide the desperately required GP’s needed to accommodate the increased population.
4. Expansion at whose cost - the tax payer?
5. Loanhead’s infrastructure is struggling to accommodate the new residents from all the green/grey land which has been utilised for housing.

How about trying to meet that present needs first before sinking us further into debt and then having to raise our council tax again or cut services to pay for it. I’ve been here 25 years. There’s not much green space left, as prev. mentioned everywhere you walk is littered with fast food detritus. As it is, the roads struggle to accommodate the volume of traffic for the retail park at the weekends and holidays. The pollution generated by said traffic must be off the charts. The noise pollution from the bypass is greatly increased. There are many issues which need tackling with our hard earned council tax before we start destroying more green space for more concrete.
Barbara Gould
#3 Posted by Barbara Gould on 1 Jun 2023 at 13:53 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with the statements made by Sarah Marjorybanks.
I avoid going to Straiton at the weekend because the traffic is so heavy. I can hear the noise of the traffic on the bypass from my garden. We used to live in the countryside with reasonable green spaces and this had now been built up and commercialized. We have deer and foxes in our gardens because their habitat has been destroyed. Please leave us some land free of fast food outlets and commercial properties.

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