Plans to extend Midlothian science park approved

Edinburgh TechnopoleMidlothian Council’s planning committee has approved plans to extend Edinburgh Technopole, the science park at the Bush House Estate near Penicuik.

The three new offices/laboratory buildings on the site are expected to secure around 150 jobs.

The application was approved subject to referral to Scottish Ministers and the signing of a legal agreement beforehand to secure developer contributions towards improvements in public transport, better walking and cycling routes, as well as improvements to strategic and local roads.

Transport Scotland said it requires further time to consider the proposals’ impact on the trunk road network, which has prompted the referral to Scottish Government.

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for planning, Councillor Russell Imrie, said: “Supporting economic development is a key priority within the council and among our community planning partners. Approving this application, subject to the stipulations outlined, will create jobs and cement Midlothian’s reputation as a centre for excellence in life sciences and scientific research.

“We know there are companies which are keen to locate soon to Edinburgh Technopole, which makes this an urgent matter. To ensure these opportunities are not lost, the council is seeking to have a cross-party delegation meet with the relevant minister to seek a way forward as quickly as possible.”

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