Apartment block bid at former Midlothian petrol station

Gilberts Architects and CM Roofing and Building have submitted plans to turn a former petrol station on Biggar Road in Midlothian into an apartment block. 

Apartment block bid at former Midlothian petrol station

Having ceased trading twenty years ago, the site is now in use as a car wash but has long been subject to more concrete plans, notably a 2009 hotel consent to capitalise on proximity to the Pentlands Regional Park.

If approved, the latest plans will see 14 flats built at the site, alongside two terraced houses, largely replicating the footprint and massing of this prior approval.

In a statement, the applicant wrote: “Material circumstances beyond the control of the landowner have frustrated the implementation of alternative consented schemes for nearly 15 years. National conditions suggest that a further lengthy indeterminate period of financial instability will continue to prevent the funding of a hotel on this site.

“The adoption of an appropriate residential redevelopment for this troubled site would, at the very least, represent a significant visual improvement.”

All homes will have a combination of private gardens, balconies and terraces with communal grounds with exterior walls finished in ashlar stone, Urban Realm reports. 

The initiative follows last week’s confirmation that a phased hotel and residential development close by will still go ahead. 

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