Major development plans at Shawfair welcomed by local residents

A major new development which will deliver thousands of much-needed homes and community facilities over the next twenty years at Shawfair has been welcomed by local residents.  

Shawfair LLP, the developer responsible for delivering what will be the largest urban expansion project in Edinburgh and Midlothian once complete, hosted a community information event to update local residents and answer questions about its vision for the area.

Despite the wintery weather conditions, almost a hundred local residents and business owners attended the event at Danderhall Leisure Centre to hear more about how Shawfair LLP plans to revitalise the south east wedge of Edinburgh by building a thriving new community.  

Residents were keen to find out more about the proposed timeline of development activity and responded positively to the developer’s plans to deliver up to 4,000 high quality homes, alongside other proposed amenities such as new schools, shopping, health and leisure facilities and community spaces.

The development, which will take around 20 years to complete, is already underway. The first phase of housing development to build 170 homes at the Millerhill site to the south-east side of Shawfair is expected to be available from late 2016.

At the other side of Shawfair, house-building is expected to start at Danderhall South near to the existing Danderhall community in early 2017. This site will contain around 440 houses, to be built over the next five years.

Nick Waugh, Director of Shawfair LLP, said: “This event marked a significant milestone in the development at Shawfair. It gave us an opportunity to meet with local residents and answer questions about our plans to build a high quality mix of homes alongside other amenities for the benefit of existing and future generations.

“We were delighted that so many residents from the surrounding area were able to join us despite the weather and it was pleasing to hear such positive feedback on our vision. Shawfair LLP is at an exciting point in the development with the first phase of new homes being built at Millerhill and we hope to update residents in the coming months following their feedback from the event.”