Midmar Paddock is much-valued local amenity. Although contiguous with Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill, it is privately owned. It is (or should be) protected from housing development by being designated in the Local Development Plan (LDP) as Greenbelt, Open Space, a Special Landscape Area and a Local Nature Conservation Site. During the consultation on the LDP in 2014/15, a representation was made to re-schedule it for housing. We (and many others) objected and the designations were retained. Since then the site has been twice advertised for sale as a “development opportunity”. There has been no outcome in terms of a planning application but local residents are concerned that this will eventually be tried – despite the theoretical bar on development. Moreover, we have to anticipate that the next revision of the LDP will provoke another attempt to remove the protective designations.
Friends of Midmar Paddock
At a public meeting on 18 September, chaired by Cllr Neil Ross, a Friends of Midmar Paddock group was formed with the support of local politicians across parties. The Constitution of the new organisation is here and the latest campaign leaflet is here.
You can contact the group by e-mail at email@example.com and their privacy statement is here. They have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midmarpaddock/?__tn__=HHH-R
Survey of usage
The Friends of Midmar Paddock are conducting a survey to find out how frequently Midmar Paddock is being used and which paths are most used. This information will be passed to the City of Edinburgh Council and ScotWays as evidence to establish them as Rights of Way. If you use the Paddock (or have used it in the past) you can fill in the questionnaire. Please remember to add your full address including postcode or it won’t be accepted as evidence in the Rights of Way procedure.