Fordel secures Holyrood backing

A £13m ‘tourism village’ in Midlothian has been rubber-stamped by the Scottish Government.
The development by Dalkeith-based Oakridge Property is expected to support up to 300 jobs during construction and when a range of retail and leisure facilities opens for business.
Midlothian Council approved planning permission in principle in June 2011 for the development at Fordel, on the A68 south of Dalkeith.
However, the Scottish Government called in the application because the proposal was contrary to the Edinburgh and the Lothians Structure Plan and the Midlothian Local Plan. It has now given the plan its backing subject to conditions.
Jim Bryant, the councillor with responsibility for economic development, said: “This is a significant milestone in nurturing economic recovery for the area.”