Assurances Given By Wimpey
Discussions to conclude the planning application process are still ongoing, however TW are “unable to confirm” when works will recommence on the, now, desolate land north of Greenlaw Mains One.
After failing to secure the proper permissions to commence preliminary works on the site, Wimpey left ‘Greenlaw Mill’ in a state of disarray. Now, nearly three months later, there is little sign of a reappearance from the nationwide developer as discussions to sign a section 75 legal agreement continue to delay the work on site.
It is now believed that any continuation of construction of phase one of the 438 strong housing development, will be delayed till March 2014. However Taylor Wimpey seek to reassure residents, with Pauline Mills, Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland telling us that despite the lack of works, progress is being made:
We can assure local residents that we remain fully committed to our development at Greenlaw Mill in Penicuik, and we are in negotiation with Midlothian Council in order to agree our Section 75 obligations.
We are making good progress, however due to the complex nature of our discussions we are unable to confirm a fixed timetable of when the agreement will be concluded.
Now as we approach Winter, it is becoming clear that the site will remain dismal for at least the next four months.
As Taylor Wimpey told us, the section 75 agreement, between the council and the developer, will decide on the developer’s contributions to the district:
Our Section 75 agreement in relation to Greenlaw Mill will make provision for the new A702 roundabout, additional local road improvements, and will also include financial contributions towards schools and community facilities. When concluded, our Section 75 agreement will secure our full planning permission, and we will re-commence our work to deliver a fantastic range of new homes for the local community.