Proposals for new sustainable community submitted
17th January 2022
We have submitted proposals to create a sustainable, new neighbourhood in Midlothian. If approved, the Lingerwood development, built by Springfield, will see up to 1000 new homes delivered within a cleverly integrated and well connected community.
Following extensive consultation with Midlothian Council, local stakeholders and the public, Springfield has refined its proposals to demonstrate how Lingerwood will complement the unique identities of neighbouring Newtongrange and Mayfield.
The proposals showcase how Lingerwood will follow the 20-minute neighbourhood model, explaining how we have prioritised accessibility and connectivity, ensuring residents can access high quality services and amenities easily. Drawing from the local landscape, the designs focus on plenty of open, green spaces, woodland planting, meadows, and grasslands.
Demonstrating the importance of creating a sense of place and home, the plans submitted to Midlothian Council include a standalone ‘an clachan’ at its heart, drawing inspiration from the area’s proud mining history to create a thriving village centre. The proposals also highlight other ways residents could come together through the provision of play spaces, allotments, landscaped gardens, and seating areas.
As an experienced housebuilder, we have already taken forward village communities which prioritise green space, community facilities and supporting infrastructure including Dykes of Gray, Dundee, Bertha Park, Perth, and Elgin South in Moray. Planning is also secured for Durieshill in Stirling and proposals are well underway for Gavieside in Livingston. We’re also the first housebuilder in Scotland to partner with urban regeneration specialist, Sigma, delivering family homes for private rent.
If approved, the Lingerwood homes will use and promote low and zero carbon technologies, along with energy efficiency and sustainable building techniques to minimise environmental impact. The homes will include a variety of house types and will be mixed tenure, ensuring there is a range of housing options available.
Martin Egan, Chief Operating Officer for Springfield, commented: “We are pleased to mark 2022 with the submission of our proposals, following a great deal of consultation and engagement with local stakeholders.
“We believe our masterplan is a best-in-class example of the creation of a new sustainable neighbourhood which brings its own identity whilst respecting and connecting well with existing popular and distinct settlements. Our vision is aligned with the Midlothian Local Development Plan and has been shaped well with local input. Our plan details the careful efforts made to create a sustainable village that will suit the needs of local people for generations to come and we are looking forward to the determination of our proposals.”
Should the plans be approved, we will start on-site as early as 2023, with the first phase of homes being available in approximately 9-12 months.