Brunstane Farmland housing development plans unveiled

An artist's impression of the Brunstane plan. Picture: contributed
An artist's impression of the Brunstane plan. Picture: contributed
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NEW images showcasing a controversial new housing development have been unveiled.

Dubbed “New Brunstane”, the scheme would see between 950 and 1300 homes constructed over a 48-hectare site known as Brunstane Farmland.

But campaigners have previously criticised the plans for threatening the last piece of green belt separating Edinburgh from Musselburgh – and raised fears the land is “riddled” with near-surface coal seams and old mineshafts.

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Developer EDI Group, an arm’s-length council company, said their scheme would deliver high-quality modern homes, alongside a new primary school, leisure facilities and community spaces.

A Proposal of Application Notice has been submitted, with a full application set to be drawn up in the coming months.

Consultation events showcasing the proposed masterplan were held at Portobello Library and the White House in Craigmillar earlier this month – with drawings and information still available on the EDI website.

Developers said a second event, outlining the final plan, would be held before a planning permission in principle application was submitted.

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP candidate for Lothian region, said residents in Brunstane and Musselburgh were “rightly concerned” that the development “would tarmac over the last remaining piece of green space between the city and East Lothian”.

She said: “There are also serious concerns about old mine workings. The developer is entitled to put their case to the community but it would have been far better if Edinburgh council had ruled out this farmland from its local development plan in the first place and instead encouraged housing on brownfield sites.”

A spokeswoman for the EDI Group said “extensive assessments” had been carried out using information from recent and historical intrusive investigations, adding: “As our plans progress, and if necessary, we will undertake further site investigation.”

Eric Adair, of the EDI Group, said: “We welcome the opportunity to engage and receive feedback on the proposals. These will inform our proposals we will share with the community at a second event before we submit a planning permission in principle application.”