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School aid for Roslin as CALA begins new housing development

School facilities in the village of Roslin are to benefits from funding boost of £155,000 as work gets underway on a new residential development.

Housebuilder CALA Homes has started work on 79 new homes – ranging from two-bedroom cottage flats to four and five bedroom villas – at the Midlothian site, on land previously owned by The University of Edinburgh.

Included in the plans is a £1.4 million contribution towards the provision of “affordable” homes, helping boost a broad spectrum of local housing supply.

“Roslin is an extremely desirable area but there has been very little development in the past few years to meet demand so we are delighted to be getting the site underway,” said Craig Lynes, land director at CALA Homes (East).

“The site will support the local economy, and has been carefully designed to incorporate local feedback to ensure that it becomes a natural extension to the village. The development will deliver stronger pedestrian links from the village to Roslin Moat to the west and will also provide safe routes to the soon to be open newly constructed Roslin Primary School.

Initial work is set to start on site in mid-March, as CALA aims to have the first homes at the development completed as early as late autumn 2017.

The site, which has been identified for much-needed family housing in successive Midlothian Council Local Plans since 2008, is said to represent an important element of the local authority’s vision for housing.

“We have been lucky enough to work in Midlothian for many years and we remain committed to investing in the communities with whom we work,” Lynes added. “There will be major financial contributions to improve schools in the area and to deliver vital affordable housing in Midlothian.”

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