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Dandara signs up as fourth housebuilder at Shawfair development

The Dandara site at Shawfair

The developers behind the Shawfair urban expansion near Edinburgh have reached another major milestone with the completion of new deal with national homebuilder Dandara.

The six acre site is just south of Newton Village in the heart of Shawfair, and will serve as the southern gateway for the town centre and the existing railway station.

Subject to a successful planning application now lodged with Midlothian Council, Dandara will join Bellway, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes and Miller Homes in constructing around 75 properties, including a percentage of affordable homes, within Shawfair. Planning consent is expected in autumn this year, with work on site commencing thereafter.

Nick Waugh, director at Shawfair LLP, said: “We continue to make excellent progress at Shawfair and are delighted to welcome Dandara to our new town. They are a growing presence in Scotland and have earned a reputation for quality, which is already a hallmark of this area.

“This site is of particular importance as the gateway to the core development block, and the architectural design, landscaping and quality of finish will exemplify the look and feel of our new community.

“All three existing housebuilders at Shawfair are reporting strong sales, with house purchasers attracted by healthy rural living, excellent transport connections and superb value for money.”

Niall MacLeod, director at Dandara, said: “We are delighted to have secured this prominent, well-located site and look forward to working with the Shawfair LLP team to bring our brand of quality housing to Shawfair.”

The new town of Shawfair will have ultimately have 4,000 homes, new schools, community facilities and a new town centre around  the existing Shawfair railway station, in a development that is set to secure 6,500 new jobs.

The site is an allocated development site, under the adopted Midlothian Local Development Plan and has outline consent for residential use.

Tenders invited for new Midlothian road

A map showing the path of the new road

A new road linking Musselburgh with the new Shawfair community and Danderhall is set to reduce road traffic through Millerhill village by as much as 80% when it opens towards the end of this year.

Tenders are now being invited for the 0.5 km stretch of road, with construction planned to begin in April.

From the Musselburgh direction the new stretch of carriageway will veer slightly north from Old Craighall Road (B6415) just before Millerhill village and run broadly parallel until it reaches the roundabout on the new section of Millerhill Road (A6106).

When it opens, the new road will take all but local traffic away from Millerhill village, giving motorists and other road users swift access to Shawfair railway station, Newton Village, Danderhall and Sheriffhall Park and Ride.

Nick Waugh, director of Shawfair LLP, said: “This is a crucial element of our plans to smoothly integrate Shawfair with the surrounding communities. It is important to us that, as more people move here, we ensure there is a well-planned network of roads, pavements and paths to make it easy for everyone to access Shawfair and the nearby areas.”

This month also sees the completion of a new cycling and walking route. Sustrans Scotland has extended an existing path that currently begins at Roslin. It follows the former Bilston Glen branch rail line through Loanhead, Straiton, Gilmerton, and Danderhall, connecting to the eastern side of Shawfair.

The three kilometre extension was delivered by Sustrans Scotland with the City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Council and support from contractors RJ McLeod.

Funded by Transport Scotland through Sustrans Scotland’s National Cycle Network development fund, it is hoped the new path will encourage residents and visitors to explore the area by foot and bike.

It is the aspiration of Midlothian Council and Sustrans that, in the longer term, the off-road multi-user path can be extended within Shawfair to connect with National Cycle Network routes 1 and 76; and with Queen Margaret University.

In a related move, Midlothian Council has held initial discussions with Shawfair LLP regarding a proposal to construct a linking path to connect the Kaimes area of Danderhall with the newly extended path. If design agreement can be reached, it is hoped the path can be constructed in 2018/19.

Shawfair takes important step forward as landmark development comes to market

The Shawfair regeneration project near Edinburgh has reached another important milestone with the launch of a 13-hectare commercially allocated development.

The biggest urban expansion near Edinburgh in modern times, the new town of Shawfair will have 4,000 homes, new schools, community facilities and a new town centre beside the existing Shawfair railway station.

Being built from scratch, the development will be a town of comparable size to Cupar, Dunblane or Linlithgow when completed and is set to secure 6,500 new jobs.

The latest move sees the Whitehill Road commercial development come to market from Shawfair LLP – a partnership between Buccleuch Property and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes.

The site is an allocated development site, under the adopted Midlothian Local Development Plan and is outlined for business and general industry use.

The Whitehill Road development site lies to the south of Newcraighall, known locally as Fort Kinnaird – the UK’s second largest retail park. It has a footfall in excess of 13 million people per annum and attracts visitors from across Scotland and the north of England.

Nick Waugh, director at Shawfair LLP, added: “Whitehill Road will be a tremendous catalyst for further growth within this prime commercial area and will provide a landmark location for this northern end of Shawfair. We very much looking forward to starting work on the high quality premises we aim to deliver here.”

Infrastructure contract signed for Shawfair urban expansion project

Shawfair LLP and Crummock,

Shawfair LLP’s James Palmer (left) with Jim Donaldson from Crummock

The development of the largest urban expansion project in Edinburgh and Midlothian has taken a major step forward with the signing of a multi-million pound infrastructure contract.

The deal, worth over £4 million between Shawfair LLP and Crummock, is for a wide range of infrastructure works that are essential to the ongoing delivery of the new community at Shawfair. These include upgrades to local roads, new street lighting and the construction of new footpaths and cycle-routes.

The announcement comes on the back of the news that Bellway and Miller Homes are to bring forward more than 350 new homes at Danderhall South, with both hoping to be on site and commencing construction this Summer.

Speaking about the deal with Crummock, Nick Waugh, director of Shawfair LLP, said: “This deal is significant for Shawfair, and marks a period of real progress for the project. The creation of new footpaths and cycle routes will significantly improve the linkages throughout Shawfair, making this already well-connected site even better, whilst encouraging active travel that is central to our carefully considered masterplan approach.”

Jim Donaldson, construction director for Crummock, said: “Crummock is proud to be part of this prestigious project, which will be a major economic boost to the area. At peak works, we will be employing around 45 people on site, many of whom live locally. This project will also contribute to us hiring nine apprentices this year.”

The development of the new community at Shawfair, through a joint venture between Buccleuch Property and Mactaggart and Mickel, will deliver 4,000 homes, new schools, business spaces and public amenities over the next 20 years.

The development will be built around a thriving town centre and railway station connected by the Borders Railway and providing direct access to the capital in 15 minutes.