Wheels fall off Lauder skatepark bid for second time


Plans for a skatepark in Lauder have been withdrawn from the planning process for a second time.

The proposal for the Piggery Field, near Thirlestane Drive, has proved controversial, with significant opposition from local residents.

And, less than four months since the second application was submitted by the community council on behalf of Lauder Development Trust, it has been withdrawn due to the trust being unable to provide necessary information in sufficient time, including detailed site plans.

The initial application, submitted in May 2013, was withdrawn just over a year later due to a new application being required to deal with the slight resiting of the skatepark and creation of an earth bund to address noise impact concerns.

Despite the second failure of the plans to reach the council’s planning committee, David Peace of the development trust has said that a new application will be submitted once all the necessary information is obtained.

In an email notifying the council’s planning department of the withdrawal of the plans, Mr Peace said that the designers of the scheme were ‘swamped’ and he could offer no guarantee that the necessary additional information would be ready by the already extended deadline.