Housing won at Newbridge

A development of 490 homes and community facilities at Newbridge near Edinburgh has been given the go-ahead despite the site being earmarked for industrial use.

The former Continental Tyres factory shut in 1999 and Scottish Enterprise recommended the site be retained for development.

But last week Edinburgh City Council approved the plan by Ediston Properties for houses, a care home, shops and play facilities after community leaders said development is needed to revive the village.

"There is no other land where houses can be built and without new homes there will be no future," said Paul Douglas, chairman of Ratho and District Community Council, which represents local residents.

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