Beauty salon

Midlothian’s gated garage will be turned into a new beauty salon

A closed garage at the back of a house in Penicuik is going to be transformed into a beauty salon.

Gemma Steven and Neil Saunders have applied to Midlothian Council for permission to convert the garage in the garden of their Rullion Road home into a salon for individual beauty treatments.

They said the new salon would offer massages, nail services and pedicures during the week and on Saturdays.

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No objections were raised although one person was concerned about the impact on traffic and the condition of the road.

However, planners said the ‘relatively small scale’ of the undertaking meant it was unlikely to result in a significant change in road use or parking.

Recommending the plans for approval, the planning officer said: “One-person businesses operating from residential properties and dealing with visiting customers are common features of modern suburban developments.

“Examples of such businesses include hairdressers, beauty businesses, fitness businesses, dog grooming and childcare; there are many such businesses operating successfully in Midlothian.”

The lounge was authorized to operate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays with a late opening at 8 p.m. per week and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The planners added a condition that only one occupant living in the house owned by the garage could run the salon with no one else employed in the business.

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