A dispute about a demolished housing development in Midlothian has shown how a claim against consultants can be time barred before it is even known that there is a claim to be pursued. Is it time to change the law? The Scottish Government already has. It has passed the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018 and the date for it coming into force is awaited.
Published 28 March 2019
The leader of Midlothian Council said he is “profoundly disappointed and frustrated” by a Court of Session decision to dismiss a £12 million legal claim against one of two companies advising on a failed Gorebridge housing development.
Published 22 March 2019
A Scottish local authority which sued engineering contractors over a failed social housing development that had to be demolished for health and safety reasons has had its £12 million damages claim dismissed.
Published 21 March 2019
Midlothian Council has approved its Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan to help end rough sleeping in the region.
Published 4 January 2019
Midlothian Council is launching a review of its Housing Allocation Policy in early 2019.
Published 4 January 2019
Midlothian parents became the first graduates in Scotland to complete a recognised qualification in becoming a tenant and keeping that tenancy.
Published 13 December 2018
Published 21 November 2018
Midlothian Council has agreed to progress with plans to convert an office building in Jarnac Court, Dalkeith, into temporary accommodation for homeless households following the conclusion of a consultation with the local community.
Published 3 October 2018
Kevin Stewart, minister for local government, housing and planning, has officially opened a new affordable housing development in Bonnyrigg recently completed for Melville Housing Association.
Published 19 September 2018
Midlothian Council is consulting with local residents on plans to convert offices in Jarnac Court in Dalkeith into temporary accommodation for homeless households.
Published 16 August 2018
Councillors have approved the appointment of Dr Grace Vickers as Midlothian Council's new chief executive.
Published 27 June 2018
Plans have been unveiled to transform former council office accommodation in Dalkeith into emergency temporary accommodation for the homeless.
Published 29 March 2018
Appeal Court dismisses council’s damages claim against architects over failed social housing development
A Scottish local authority which raised an action for £12 million in damages over the loss of a social housing development claiming that a firm of architects appointed as lead consultant had “assumed responsibility” for the other contractors’ negligence has had its claim dismissed following an appeal.
Published 28 March 2018
Midlothian Council has outlined plans to deliver more affordable homes to meet increased demand as councillors agreed to raise housing rents by 3% to help fund the investment.
Published 14 February 2018
A final report on the findings of an Incident Management Team set up by NHS Lothian after elevated carbon dioxide levels (CO2) were found in homes in Gorebridge has been considered by Midlothian Council.
Published 21 December 2017