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Old May 20th, 2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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Plans for £200m urban community near Edinburgh

BBC Scotland News - 20th May, 2014

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Plans for a new community on the edge of Edinburgh have been dubbed the "largest urban expansion project" the area has seen.

The £200m Shawfair development includes a residential and commercial quarter, with about 4,000 new homes.

There will also be two new primaries and a secondary school, along with a rail link on the new Borders line.

The project, by developers Shawfair LLP, is being launched by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

It will include one million sq ft of commercial and retail space and will have a town centre and a supermarket.

The primary schools will cater for up to 800 pupils and the secondary school will be able to take 1,200.

'Impressive development'

The project is expected to take at least 15 years to complete.

The developers said it would provide a net economic output of about £32.2m a year during development and £99.9m a year after that.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The venture will boost local employment, create jobs, support skills development and strengthen Scotland's infrastructure. The fact that it will be accessible as part of the Borders Rail route will make the project even more attractive.

"Shawfair is an impressive development with significant benefits to the local economy and community.

"Creating nearly 1,000 full-time jobs during the construction phase and over 4,000 upon completion, this project will provide countless opportunities, not only for the young apprentices joining us here today, but for those of the future."

'Great place'

Andrew Mickel, from Shawfair LLP said, "The Shawfair project has long been in development. Our vision is to build a new self -sufficient community supported by a vibrant town centre with public amenities such as schools and a healthcare centre, transforming the area.

"We look forward to working closely with local councillors and the community to deliver a modern town suited to the needs of the people of Edinburgh and Midlothian."

Midlothian Council leader, Councillor Owen Thompson, said: "As a council we have been very supportive of the Shawfair vision and look forward to it becoming a reality.

"As well as housing, this development will have a considerable number of amenities and facilities which will make it a great place to live."
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Great news.. Hopefully they make a good job of it. Strange to see these areas going ahead but many large areas IN the city still stalled..

Nicola seems to be fairly getting about. She's been part of a fair few Green lit projects recently.
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what's the opinion on whether this is going to be horrible suburban sprawl or a genuine attempt to build a new 'liveable' community, with decent public transport, community facilities that are walkable etc? through this side of the country, the posters on the Glasgow forum reacted largely with horror when they saw the plans for the new town of similar-ish size on the site of the old Ravenscraig works. Shawfair sounds like a once in a generation opportunity and while it seems to provide much needed capacity for the growing population in the East, I really hope they do it right.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 12:49 PM   #6
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what's the opinion on whether this is going to be horrible suburban sprawl or a genuine attempt to build a new 'liveable' community, with decent public transport, community facilities that are walkable etc? through this side of the country, the posters on the Glasgow forum reacted largely with horror when they saw the plans for the new town of similar-ish size on the site of the old Ravenscraig works. Shawfair sounds like a once in a generation opportunity and while it seems to provide much needed capacity for the growing population in the East, I really hope they do it right.
I'd rather see higher density development on underused sites within the city but to me Shawfair seems a wee bit less bad than other developments of its type for a few reasons - centered around a new station with a 10 min journey to Waverley, largely built on reclaimed industrial land, aspirations for a lot of local retail and commercial activity, and, despite being in Midlothian, this will seem more like part of the city outskirts than a "New Town" - even as a Midlothian resident, everything inside the City Bypass feels like Edinburgh to me!
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thanks for that, Kenspeckle. I guess the addition of the train station does make a big difference and I'm sure Lothian buses will add a service or two to the new area. look forward to seeing the detail of the plans in due course.
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I know this will come across as pedantic, but should this thread not be in the main "Scottish Architecture Forum" or added to the existing "Lothian & Borders Developments" thread as this development isn't in Edinburgh. Alternatively this sub-forum could be renamed as "Edinburgh Metro Area" like the Glasgow sub-forum? :-)

Regardless, this is a potentially great development and it will be interesting to watch its progress over the years.
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I know this will come across as pedantic, but should this thread not be in the main "Scottish Architecture Forum" or added to the existing "Lothian & Borders Developments" thread as this development isn't in Edinburgh. Alternatively this sub-forum could be renamed as "Edinburgh Metro Area" like the Glasgow sub-forum? :-)

Regardless, this is a potentially great development and it will be interesting to watch its progress over the years.
If you were being pedantic, then yes you're absolutely right! But I think it really belongs here - for most Midlothian residents, myself included, consider anything inside the Bypass as part of Edinburgh. Shawfair's northern edge will be a literal stone's throw from the boundary and the development will effectively be another part of the city. Fair point about the subforum title, but personally I'm not sure Edinburgh's "metro area" would really warrant such high billing.
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While Madboy's technically right (at least going by local authority boundaries), it's always seemed odd to me that a whole wedge of the land to the west of the city including South Queensferry, Newbridge and right up to the edge of the Pentlands south of Balerno is within the City of Edinburgh council area, but Musselburgh and a wedge of land within the bypass east of Danderhall isn't.

There was a whole discussion before the Edinburgh forum got created about whether it should be called Edinburgh Metro Area or just Edinburgh. The consensus was that just 'Edinburgh' was probably best.
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Do you think we'll ever see the tram end up in Shawfair? Once the south-eastern line to the Royal Infirmary has eventually been completed it wouldn't be particularly far to take it those extra few kilometres.
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Do you think we'll ever see the tram end up in Shawfair? Once the south-eastern line to the Royal Infirmary has eventually been completed it wouldn't be particularly far to take it those extra few kilometres.
I think the Midlothian Council boundary might snuff out any hope of that. I don't know how they'd work out finance and ownership.

Although, as Moschops says, it's a bit daft that it's not part of Edinburgh. When the bypass was completed, there should have been a land swap.

With the railway station, Shawfair will be quite an attractive development so it's a shame it can't form part of the city's growth.
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Do you think we'll ever see the tram end up in Shawfair? Once the south-eastern line to the Royal Infirmary has eventually been completed it wouldn't be particularly far to take it those extra few kilometres.
Well, that might be a while! They haven't even finish the first one down to Newhaven yet!
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Revised plan for Shawfair approved by Midlothian Council.

02/00660/OUT | Outline planning permission for residential, industrial and commercial floor space, community facilities (including new primary schools), associated landscaping with provision for sport and recreation and new transport facilities | Land Bounded By A720, Old Dalkeith Rd And The Wisp Millerhill Dalkeith Midlothian




Character Area 1: Hilltown

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This area rises up the hill from the town centre to the north of the Valley. It is predominantly residential in character, but also includes the potential for a local “neighbourhood hub” which might include a local corner shop opposite the entrance to the primary school which are on safe and direct routes into the town centre.




Character Area 2: Newton

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Adjacent to Newton Village, this area runs the full length of Shawfair’s western flank. It filters back into the town centre on its eastern edge and up to the Valley to the north. It is largely residential in character with a wide variety of housing types from individual homes to flats on the approaches into the town. It is adjacent to the town centre.





Character Area 3: Cairnie

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This encompasses the majority of the former Monktonhall Colliery land and has two distinct elements – (1) the residential zone which is focused around a pocket park in the northern quadrant and a water feature on the edge of the town centre and (2) the Cairnie “Business-Village,” which is a cluster of offices centred around a focal sustainable urban drainage pond.






Character Area 4: Millerhill

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Building upon the existing core residential street the aim is to create an extended “village” within the town of Shawfair. The linear main street will terminate at the western end with a small open space outside the front of the Cockatoo pub. New residential homes will “radiate” back from the main street where a new “neighbourhood-hub” and village green is proposed.




Character Area 5: Harelaw

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This area will “colonise” around the existing properties and Manse, east of Newton Village and will be characterised by a “tight-knit” housing type focused around a new pond and open space. New housing will include the potential for a limited number of live/work units.




Character Area 6: Danderhall

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The aim here is to create one town, seamlessly integrating the new urban areas with the existing. Danderhall is structured around two existing neighbourhood “hubs”. To the south, the “hub” is characterised by shopping and civic uses. To the north, the “hub” is education and leisure based around Danderhall Primary School, the children’s play park and Welfare Miners Club. The development concept proposed is to “wrap” housing around these hubs to make local facilities as accessible as possible.




Character Area 7: Shawfair Town Centre

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Shawfair’s town centre is structured around two routes (1) High Street and (2) Main Street. This is a mixed-use high density zone with housing and offices over shops and community facilities where people can get easy access from nearby residential areas to local services and amenities. The town square forms the key focal point within the town. Buildings will vary from 2/3 storey to 4/5 storey high. The square also doubles as a public transport interchange.




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Planning application for the first phase of development at Millerhill, which constitutes the southern end of Shawfair, approved. 165 homes in and around the existing village of Millerhill by Fouin + Bell Architects for Mactaggart & Mickel - appears to be much what you'd expect from a mass housebuilder, ie. pretty uninspiring stuff. The derelict Longthorn Farm steading will be converted into a community hub, though it looks like the adjacent Longthorn Farmhouse will be demolished. Both date from the 1840s and are unlisted.

04/00417/FUL | Residential development incorporating 165 dwellings (including 17 affordable homes) Community Hub and Village Square, associated road re-alignment and parking provision and landscaping | Millerhill Development Phase 1 Old Craighall Road Millerhill Dalkeith Midlothian



Existing site - though the road layout has been redeveloped since this image was taken


Millerhill in relation to the rest of Shawfair
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Road works are on track at Shawfair

Midlothian Advertiser - 4th August, 2015

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Construction work has begun on a major new road to connect the future Shawfair town centre with the soon to be opened Borders Railway.

Shawfair LLP has announced the appointment of Crummock (Scotland) Limited as the contractor that will begin works on the first piece of major road infrastructure at Shawfair. The area near Danderhall is the largest urban expansion project in Edinburgh and Midlothian, incorporating 4,000 new homes, offices, shops, schools and other community facilities. The new road will connect the future town centre to the Shawfair station, the third stop on the new Borders Railway line.

James Palmer, Shawfair LLP, said: “The commencement of works on the new road is an important milestone for Shawfair as this will be the main road connecting local residents and businesses to the new Borders Railway at Shawfair station. It will also allow for a quick commute from the Shawfair station 
into Edinburgh city.

“We are pleased to have Crummock on board and look forward to working with them to deliver high quality infrastructure for the residents of Shawfair.”

Works will primarily take place at Monktonhall Colliery Road, Dalkeith and begun last week, lasting five weeks. The new road will complement recently completed works by Network Rail on Colliery Road, and upgrades by Shawfair LLP at Millerhill Road.

Crummock director, Alex Jeffrey, stated: “We understand the significance of the Shawfair community development on the local economy and are delighted to have won this first opportunity to work with Shawfair LLP.

“We hope to be involved with the development for many years to come and our aim is to provide the highest quality of service that will benefit current and future residents and businesses for years to come.”

Letters have been sent to local residents detailing 
exactly where and when construction will be taking place over the coming weeks.
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Extract from the Midlothian Advertiser, profiling communities along the Borders Railway.

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SHAWFAIR

It has been 20 years in the planning, a mammoth project that will eventually transform waste land on the edge of Edinburgh into one of the most futuristic towns in Scotland.

Soon Shawfair will become a reality, and a new commuter town will take its place on the map.

The scale is phenomenal: 4,000 homes, 1000 sq ft of commercial and retail space, combined in a £200 million plus development which will help to secure 4,000 jobs.

It will be the biggest urban expansion of Edinburgh and the Lothians in modern times and is estimated to pump nearly £100m into the local economy each year once it’s completed.

To put it more simply, a town that’s equivalent in size to Dunblane or Linlithgow, with the added bonus of a commercial space twice the size of the existing St James Centre, served by a half hourly rail link that will speed residents into Edinburgh in under 15 minutes.

What’s more, it will be one of the most environmentally sound new developments in Scotland, hopefully drawing heat from underground sources and tapping into energy supplied by a nearby waste reprocessing facility, with solar panels as standard and built to take advantage of green technology.

Shawfair will spring up on the south eastern wedge of disused land between Danderhall and the city by-pass, on an area once occupied by Monktonhall Colliery, bought in 1995 for just £1.18m by Lothian Regional Council and the district councils of Midlothian and Edinburgh.

The land was eventually sold to developers for £6m and the plans to create the new town of Shawfair – a district that could help ease pressure on Edinburgh’s housing stock – took shape.

According to Dalkeith Councillor Jim Bryant, Midlothian’s planning chairman, Shawfair will not only be a completely new town, but one of the nation’s most modern in design.

“It’s going to be a very futuristic town,” he says. “We are insisting that the houses must be ecologically sound.

“We are hoping that the mineworks will supply some of the heating using water from underground. It could mean heating bills for people living there may be as long as just £300 a year.

“It is being very carefully planned.”

The Shawfair project is being delivered by Shawfair LLP, a joint venture between Mactaggart & Mickel and Buccleuch Property.

While the first sod has already been cut, it will take 25 years to slot all the Shawfair parts into place – five distinct communities are planned. Eventually the result will be a self-sufficient town with health facilities, shops and businesses.

The area’s children will attend one of three schools proposed - Midlothian Council recently gave the go-ahead for one ‘super school’.

Within striking distance will be a sprawling rail marshalling yard, which will provide jobs for local people, and a multi-million pounds zero waste reprocessing plant designed to transform recyclable waste drawn from around Edinburgh and Midlothian into energy.

And with the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh College campus, Shawfair Business Park on the doorstep and a quick 13-minute commute to town, it’s little wonder First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently commented that Shawfair will provide “countless opportunities”.

At its heart will be the rail link. Although the Borders Railway plans initially bypassed Shawfair, the route was altered to create a rail station to serve what will become a brand new community.

“The central point to Shawfair is the railway station,” stresses Councillor Bryant. “That is where the town centre will be, that will be Shawfair’s heart.”
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Keep an online watch on Shawfair plans

Midlothian Advertiser - 2nd November, 2015

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Shawfair LLP, the developer responsible for the Shawfair development to the north of Midlothian, has unveiled its new place-making website.

The launch of shawfair.co.uk follows a busy summer of activity on site and the opening of the new Borders Railway with a dedicated station at Shawfair.

The new design-led website will allow stakeholders, local community and potential future residents to follow the plans for the development, view project maps and hear about about upcoming information events.

Those interested in the development will be able to watch as the project unfolds and, in due course, find out about viewings and other retail opportunities.

There is a busy programme of activity underway at Shawfair, with construction work set to begin towards the end of this year at Millerhill followed by Danderhall South.

The early phases of construction expect to see an estimated 600 houses built over the next five years, with the first houses at Millerhill due in autumn 2016.

The launch of the Borders Rail will connect the future development with Edinburgh city centre in around 15 minutes and the Scottish Borders in under an hour.

Shawfair LLP director Nick Waugh said: “We are very pleased to unveil our new website.

“Over the coming months we will have a number of exciting announcements and shawfair.co.uk gives us a platform from which to share this news as the site works move forward.

“Shawfair, when complete, will be the third biggest town in Midlothian and will create an entirely new, self-sufficient community with modern high-quality homes, schools, offices, leisure and amenity facilities, retail outlets and landscaped outdoor space.

“This launch brings this innovative large-scale development one step closer to fruition.”

Shawfair LLP is a joint venture between Buccleuch Property and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes.

It is expected to deliver 4,000 new homes, business space, public amenities and landscaped environment.
A couple of new visuals from the website.




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Application submitted for landscape works at Danderhall South ahead of forthcoming planning applications for the residential development blocks. I think this site is earmarked for around 400 homes.

16/00411/MSC | Application for matters specified in condition or part thereof 2a, b, c, e, f, g, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, u of planning permission 02/00660/OUT relating to formation of SUDS features and associated landscaping | Land Bounded By A720 Old Dalkeith Road And The Wisp Millerhill Dalkeith



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