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Battle For 52 John St. As Council Plans Social Housing

Midlothian Council has submitted plans for 14 social dwellings on brownfield land at 52 John Street.

The former site of Jackson Street School has lain empty for three years since the controversial demolition of the old school. However whilst it was known that housing was the preferred option for the site, it comes as a shock to locals that the application has been submitted by MC and not by an independent company.

Social housing in this area would be highly controversial considering that previous council developments are in the north of the town and not in the town centre. Furthermore TPC have learned that Midlothian Council’s plans have not followed the original design brief that states that any new build must be in keeping with the neighbouring victorian conservation properties.

We reported earlier this week that a business plan was being created for a cinema on the site, a much loved option, and with this submission anger has been sparked.

One resident posted on a Facebook page in support of the cinema plans saying:

We don’t need anymore houses – especially in town centre. Think council need to put thought into getting the community and shops back into Penicuik and not building more flats / houses. Such a joke!

You can view the proposals and comment/object by clicking here.

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