30 October 2017
29 October 2017
In April 2012 the derelict Ashgrove House in Loanhead was featured here in this blog. It was mentioned then that the listed 18th-century villa was at the heart of an area of former green-belt land that was the subject of a planning application for a housing development.
Things have moved on since then. In November 2014 there was a major fire at the property, which was brought under control by 39 firefighters. In August 2015 Midlothian Council granted planning permission to Straiton Park Limited for the demolition of the ‘dwelling and bothy’ at Ashgrove.
The first phase of the ‘Mayburn Park’ housing development by CALA Homes is now complete, with continued construction currently moving towards the grounds of the former Ashgrove House from the northwest and Taylor Wimpey’s new ‘Ashgrove Fields’ housing estate lies immediately to the southeast. A planning application for the ‘erection of 92 dwellinghouses’ on the land of the former villa was lodged with the Council in December 2015, but was withdrawn in August 2016.
17 September 2017
Princess May is one of the two surviving water balances at Penrhyn Quarry; the other is called Sebastopol and has been restored. Originally there were eight at the quarry… [Read more about the water balance and see more photographs from 2011 here]
17 September 2017
Construction of Zip World’s new £3.3 million Adventure Terminal started in spring 2016 and it was built by Llanelli-based WRW Construction. The opening of the company’s new headquarters was planned for Easter 2017 but took place in September 2017. In addition to offices and the kitting-up area for the zip-line ‘flyers’, the building features the Blondin restaurant/café bar together with viewing galleries and a function space.