New spa, state-of-the-art gym and outdoor swimming pool planned for major health and fitness club near Edinburgh
The plans hope to bring a range of premium family-focused health and leisure facilities to the the site between Edinburgh and Dalkeith.
The proposed facilities include a health and fitness club with three badminton-court sports hall, a large state of the art gym with several group-exercise studios for various uses such as group cycling, HIIT training and mind and body exercise.
Both a permanent and a seasonal tennis court are suggested, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, terrace and luxury indoor spa with spa garden.
The plans also include a clubroom which aims to attract families, couples and individual users. An adults only business hub for flexible working, and a soft play and activity space for children are also suggested.
A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to Midlothian Council in September, highlighting the intent of the developer to lodge a planning application this year.
David Lloyd noted that if the plans are approved, there will be nearly 250 car parking spaces with EV charging points as well as covered cycle spaces and various landscaping features.
Sandy Smith, development director at Buccleuch Property, owners of Shawfair Park said: “As a long-term investor in Shawfair and Midlothian we are very pleased to be working with David Lloyd Leisure in bringing these proposals forward.
“David Lloyd Leisure’s family-focused offering will be a fantastic addition to Shawfair Park and a valuable amenity to local residents and businesses who will be able to play tennis, swim and lead a healthy life-style with-in easy reach of their front doors."
David Lloyd will consult with the local community digitally to provide residents with further information on the proposals. The public consultation website will go live at 9am on Thursday, October 29 with a consultation event taking place the same day from 4-8pm. Consultants will be available to answer any questions through a live two-way chat system during these times. Any suggestions for changes to the proposals shared during the event will be included in a Pre-Application Consultation report.
Brendan Mitchell, group acquisitions manager for David Lloyd said: “We are delighted to be providing the local community with the opportunity to shape our proposals for this exciting new health, leisure and fitness club in Midlothian.
“Clearly these are difficult times, and we’re pleased to offer an exciting vision to help people maintain physical and mental fitness. More than ever this seems a pressing need in communities across the country.
“During our consultation event, all residents will have the opportunity to enquire further about the proposals and give their feedback, which will be thoroughly considered ahead of submitting the planning application.
“We would urge all those that can to participate in this consultation process and have their views heard.”
Midlothian council will decide on the Proposal of Application Notice in due course.
The deadline for submitting feedback will be Thursday November 19th.