Midlothian councillors approve £20m regeneration masterplans
Councillors in Midlothian have approved masterplans to regenerate Newtongrange centre and Stobhill and Lady Victoria business centre.
The masterplans could be worth £20.2 million to the Midlothian economy and generate 447 jobs. They will be used to inform the future land uses in these areas and will be taken into account when future planning applications are considered.
The approval comes after meeting with the local community, the most recent of which was earlier this month.
The Newtongrange masterplan includes community facilities, retail units and housing focused round a new village square. It will also improve footpath links to the mining museum and Newtongrange Station.
The Stobhill and Lady Victoria masterplans build on the heritage of the mining museum offering tourism-focused commercial and shopping space. Any retail use will complement but not compete with shops in Newtongrange centre. The masterplans includes various types of housing and there are green spaces with strong pedestrian and cycling routes to the village centre, station and wider area.
The proposals outlined in the masterplans will not go ahead without further consultations with landowners, the local community and developers to discuss how the plans should progress.