East Lothian to get 450 new homes

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PLANS have been drawn up for 450 new homes in an East Lothian village.

Developers behind the proposals for Longniddry Farm are also promising shops, offices, allotments and community orchards.

Socially Conscious Capital has lodged its blueprint with East Lothian Council and said it would apply for planning permission in the spring.

It also wants to expand the car park at Longniddry station for rail commuters intending to travel to and from Edinburgh.

But there are no plans to build a new school, with Socially Conscious Capital insisting the council has told it there is enough space in existing classrooms. However, David Rose, chair of Longniddry Community Council, said the new development would put too much pressure on the surrounding area.

He said: “At the present moment, the general opinion of the community council is that the infrastructure in Longniddry will never take that development.

“The railway station wouldn’t take it for a start. There’s no infrastructure and the school wouldn’t take it. We are totally concerned about the infrastructure.”

The site earmarked for development is included in the East Lothian Local Development Plan, which has been drawn up to find space for 10,000 new homes needed in the county by 2024.

Socially Conscious Capital said it would upgrade roads and improve space for cyclists and pedestrians.

It has also promised traffic-calming measures on the A198 through the village as well as new pedestrian crossing points.

Rock Feilding, from Socially Conscious Capital, said: “We are delighted to be presenting these proposals for delivering new development in Longniddry.

“We were pleased to note our allocation in the draft local plan, demonstrating that our proposals are in the right location and that our site has sufficient capacity to deliver 450 of the 10,000 or so new houses that East Lothian desperately needs by 2024.

“In addition to the much needed new housing, we wanted to make sure that any new development also delivers tangible benefits to the existing residents of Longniddry, so we are grateful to all those who came to the various meetings and workshops to share their ideas with us.

“We look forward to meeting the community again as we take forward these proposals.”

• Final plans for a £2 million extension and refurbishment of Prestonpans Health Centre have been submitted to East Lothian Council.

NHS Lothian wants to increase the size of the building to create purpose-built spaces for patients and staff.

David Small, chief officer at East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “We are excited about having reached this important stage in the planning process.

“These developments will bring a wide range of benefits to patients and staff.”