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Fordel 'tourism village' to go ahead in Midlothian

Artist's impression of the view from the Fordel site
Image caption The Fordel development by Dalkeith-based Oakridge Property will create up to 300 new jobs

A £13m 'tourism village' in Midlothian has been backed by the Scottish government.

The Fordel development by Dalkeith-based Oakridge Property will create up to 300 new jobs during its construction and operation.

Planning permission was approved in principle in June 2011.

However, the Scottish government called in the application because the plans were contrary to the Edinburgh and the Lothians Structure Plan.

The government has now announced the development can go ahead.

The village will have a retail centre, visitor centre, hotel, shops, restaurants and cafes.

Jim Bryant, Midlothian Council's cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, said: "We're absolutely delighted with the news that this development can now go ahead.

"This is a significant milestone in nurturing economic recovery for the area.

"We are confident this is the best location for this tourism village and we look forward to working with developers on this exciting project."

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