by Chris Fairbairn

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

CALA housing development - BroomieknoweA new housing development in Bonnyrigg has been approved – unlocking vital investment that will safeguard the future of a historic and popular golf club.

Local councillors voted overwhelmingly in favour of the CALA Homes development, which will see much needed family homes created on land currently used as a practice area at Broomieknowe Golf Club, Bonnyrigg.

The plans were supported by the golf club, whose members mostly come from the local area and that support was mirrored when Midlothian Councillors voted 13-2 in favour of the development, which is included in the council’s proposed local plan.

Derek Lawson, Land Director at CALA Homes (East), said: “This is a very important development for us, having taken many years of community consultation and careful design.

“So we are delighted at this decision by local councillors, who have proven very understanding of the project. This decision will bring real benefits to the local area, not just in improving prospects for a much loved golf club, but in addressing a shortage of family housing and financing improvements to the local infrastructure.

“We also would like to thank the surrounding community of Bonnyrigg, who have engaged positively with us. Thanks to that feedback they let us know they wanted access from Eskbank Road which our plans adapted to include.

“It was very important to us that these plans were passed at the local level, as opposed to an appeal to the Scottish Government. It reflects local views and opinions, and sets a clear direction for communities.”

The Broomieknowe plans are for 42 detached homes, eight cottages and six terraces. Acknowledging the importance of maintaining the wider greenbelt for the community, CALA has ensured its development will include open space.

Broomieknowe Golf Club Captain, Stuart Brown, said: “After many years of working closely with CALA Homes, the Club is delighted by Midlothian Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the residential development of our practice ground.

“The sale of the land to CALA will underpin the financial future of Broomieknowe and enable us to carry out much needed improvements to the clubhouse facilities as well as enhancing the golf course.”

CALA Homes (East) hope work could start as early as the summer, following the purchase of the practice area from the golf club. That would then enable the golf club to press ahead with its proposals to enhance both its course and clubhouse.

CALA Homes is headquartered in Scotland and employs 600 people and earned its reputation on the high quality of the homes it builds, which are sensitively designed to augment the areas in which they are located.

The result is homes that are highly sought after and which retain their value over decades, earning loyalty from owners, who often live in a series of CALA properties.

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Chris Fairbairn of Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh

Chris Fairbairn

Chris Fairbairn is an Account Director with award-winning public relations agency Holyrood PR. He is part of an expert PR team delivering PR services to a wide range of clients from headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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