Morston Assets given go ahead for retail development at Straiton

6th December 2012

Morston Assets, one of the UK’s leading regeneration specialists, has been given the green light to develop the site of a derelict public house at Straiton, Midlothian as part of Straiton Park Ltd.

Midlothian Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission in principle for the 10,000 sq ft class one retail development, which sits opposite Straiton Retail Park.

Demolition of the former Callyr Inn is scheduled for early 2013 to make way for the new retail development and car park at the site.

Removal of the derelict building will offer improvements to the south Edinburgh area as well as allowing for the expansion of the out-of-town shopping on offer at the site, which already includes retailers such as Sainsburys, IKEA and Next. Access to the development would be off the A701.

EYCO and Coates and Co have been appointed as marketing agents for the site and are currently involved in talks with a number of retail operators.

Luke Brafield, Morston Assets, said: “Morston Assets is delighted to have received planning permission for this exciting retail development at Straiton.  Along with our partners, we continue to work well with Midlothian Council to facilitate economic regeneration in Midlothian.

“The demolition of the former Callyr Inn is central to the project, which will see the removal of a derelict building in the area. This will provide an important improvement to this out-of-town-retail site and make it even more attractive to shoppers.”

Mark Dawson, Coates and Co. Director, said: “The re-development of this prominent site will further enhance the quality retail offer at Straiton. The proposed development will allow an occupier to secure representation in a highly visible location and take advantage of the existing retail footfall and high volume of passing traffic within the gateway to southern Edinburgh.”