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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Regenerating disused land

The disused rail Marshalling Yards near Millerhill in Midlothian will be the location for state-of-the-art waste treatment facilities for Edinburgh and Midlothian.
Project site aerial web
It was chosen because of its strategic location on the boundary of both local authorities, close to major road and rail routes.

An application for Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP) for waste treatment facilities on the site was made to Midlothian Council on 15 March 2011 and was granted on 13 December 2011.

The PPiP contained outline details of the different types of facilities that could be built on the site including:

Further information about the PPiP can be found on the planning section of the Midlothian Council website.

Road access and site services and utilities

The Partner Councils have procured both a new access road and bridge in to the site and the following services and utilities:

A new access road into the northern end of the project site was required as the former railway site is largely land-locked. Rail access is also possible but would involve the extra costs of loading, transporting and unloading wagons with waste.

A planning application for the construction of the new access road and bridge into the site was approved by Midlothian Council in March 2012.

History of the Project site

The site purchased by the City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council lies between the active railway marshalling yards operated by DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd and the former Monktonhall Colliery.  Originally farmland, it was transformed in 1962 into one half of the once extensive Millerhill railway marshalling yards.  After approximately 25 years the rails were lifted and all buildings demolished, leaving the land covered in a mixture of colliery spoil and railway ballast which gradually became overgrown by naturally seeding birch trees. The site has been jointly purchased by the Partner Councils and plots offered to bidders for new waste treatment facilities will now be used by the successful contractors.