Musselburgh plan would see 75 new homes at Levenhall

Artist's impression of the proposal. Picture: comp

Artist's impression of the proposal. Picture: comp

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UP to 75 new homes could be built in Musselburgh, in a bid to provide the area with “much needed family homes”, a developer has said.

Cala Homes announced plans this week to build at Levenhall, just north of the A199 Haddington Road.

It said the new development would deliver a “mix of high-quality family homes along with a number of affordable homes together with amenity open space”.

The developers are set to lodge the initial proposals with East Lothian Council, to build on the seven-acre site, situated on the eastern edge of town.

The proposal of application notice (PAN) which describes Cala Homes’ intentions has been shared with Musselburgh and Inveresk community council, as well as neighbouring Prestonpans community council, whose boundary runs alongside the proposed development.

Local ward councillors have also received a copy of the PAN in advance of the formal submission of the detailed application, which is expected to be in spring 2016.

Derek Lawson, strategic land director with Cala Homes, said: “This is just the start of the necessary planning process, but is a project to which we have already devoted a great deal of care, commitment and time, to ensure that it will be an attractive infill development and will meet the needs of the area.

“This is a real opportunity to make sustainable use of land within the town of Musselburgh, providing a variety of much needed homes in an area of extremely high demand.

“The town has been considered as an area for continued housing development and I am encouraged that the Levenhall site is a key allocation in East Lothian’s draft local development plan.

“With that in mind we are very optimistic that our proposals for high-quality homes within the town boundary will be well received.

“Likewise we’re hopeful that we can move forward carefully to submitting a full planning application, in line with the local development plan, in due course.

“It is important to show that housing can be delivered within the short term in order to make up the shortfall of available and effective housing land and provide new homes for people who wish and need them.”

A public consultation event will be held in February and this will allow local people to see draft proposals and to provide their feedback.

Cala Homes said it is still finalising the arrangements but will publicise the details as soon as these are known.

As part of the public consultation process, the firm will also be seeking engagement with the local community councils. East Lothian Council declined to comment as the planning application has not been completed.

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