Scottish housebuilder aims to start on site at development in Midlothian next year

Listed Scottish housebuilder Springwood has submitted plans for a 1,000-home new community called Lingerwood in Midlothian.

The £217m turnover housebuilder said the scheme, close to the existing villages of Newtongrange and Mayfield, will adhere to the principles of a “20-minute neighbourhood” – where all the services and amenities people need are located within 20 minutes’ walk.

The plans include proposals for a purpose built “an clachan” – gaelic for village centre – at the heart of the new community.

Lingerwood Springfield masterplan

Springfield’s Lingerwood masterplan

The scheme is one of a series of major developments being promoted by the housebuilder, alongside the Dykes of Gray near Dundee, Bertha Park, close to Perth, and Elgin South in Moray. The scheme will also include family homes for private rent.

Martin Egan, chief operating officer for Springfield, said: “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.”

Springfield plans to start on site with the scheme as early as next year, if the plans are approved by Midlothian council.