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New community development plan on the outskirts of Edinburgh

The Car Hire Edinburgh Airport branch are just pleased that the long awaited housing development is under way at last after being talked about over fifteen u

A community development on the outskirts of Edinburgh has been officially launched by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. It is a £200 million property development led by Shawfair LLP, including up to 4,000 homes, with 700 of them being ‘affordable’, plus up to 1 million Sq. foot of commercial and retail space. Added into this will be two new primary schools for up to 800 pupils and a secondary school for 1,200 pupils.

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said, “The Scottish Government is committed to doing all that we can to support infrastructure investment and I am pleased to be here today to launch the Shawfair development. The venture will boost local employment, create jobs, support skills development and strengthen Scotland’s infrastructure. Shawfair is an impressive development with significant benefits to the local economy and community. Creating nearly 1000 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.”

The development has been on the cards since 1997 and would even include a rail link on the new Borders line. It would take around fifteen years in development, with economic benefits of £32.2 million a year in development.

Andrew Mickel of 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.”