Plans for Rosewell village

August 10, 2010 | Community News

Details of a proposed sustainable residential development in a Midlothian village are set to go on show at a public exhibition later this month.

Hamilton-based property developer Banks Property Development Ltd, part of the Banks Group, is proposing to build around 70 homes on a site on Cemetery Road in the village of Rosewell, to the south west of Dalkeith.

The development would include a range of property types and tenures, with at least 25 per cent comprised of affordable housing that would be provided by Melville Housing Association.

Open green spaces would be incorporated into the scheme’s design, and it would be developed in line with the Scottish Government’s new ‘Designing For Streets’ policy, which recognises the pedestrian as the fundamental focus of urban design.

Local people can get their first look at the new scheme between 3pm and 8pm on Thursday 19 August at the St Matthew’s RC Church Hall on Carnethie Street in Rosewell.

Banks’ representatives will be at the event to answer attendees’ questions and gather opinions about what is being proposed, information which will then be fed back into the development of the final planning application.

The site has previously been identified and allocated by Midlothian Council for residential housing purposes.

Colin Anderson, managing director of Banks Property Development Ltd, says: “Our aim is to provide a sustainable and sympathetic expansion of Rosewell village through this scheme, and we believe that the design we are putting forward achieves this goal.

“The inclusion of both a range of different property types and a substantial amount of affordable housing within the development will make it as accessible as possible, and it has been designed with the character and features of the existing local environment firmly in mind.

“We have already had initial positive discussions with the local community council about our ideas, and hope that as many villagers as possible will attend our exhibition to find out more about our plans for themselves.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Midlothian Council in the autumn.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Rosewell proposals, but who can’t attend the 19 August event can contact Siobhan Samson on 01698 477410 or via

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