Retail plan for vacant Dalkeith plot

G2535 -  P4 20170106 ModelMidlothian councillors have been urged to turn an eyesore into an asset by granting planning permission for a Home Bargains store on a vacant plot of land beside the Tesco Superstore store in Dalkeith.

The application for the £3 million 17,500 sq ft development, which would create 20 construction jobs, goes before the Midlothian Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

Bryan Wilson, development director with London and Scottish Investments who own the site, said: “As it stands the site is a real eyesore, which is littered with rubbish and the debris from fly-tipping.

“But it could be an asset for the local community if councillors grant the Home Bargains store planning permission.

“The store would probably be up and running by next Christmas bringing with it 40 new jobs, and a significant boost to the local economy and putting this unloved bit of land into productive use.

“That would make Dalkeith three times a winner.”

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