Plans for 1,500 new houses in East Lothian get the inexperienced mild

Plans for 1,500 new houses have been given the go-ahead as a part of a brand new growth which is able to straddle the A1.

On Tuesday, East Lothian Council  authorized two planning purposes by Persimmon Houses for greater than 116 hectares of land surrounding Queen Margaret College, south of Musselburgh.

The developments will embrace 1,500 homes throughout the positioning.

Detailed planning permission for 473 of the brand new houses had been authorized for a part of the positioning north of the A1 at Monktonhall.

It’s anticipated nearly all of the remaining 1, 027 houses shall be constructed south of the A1.


There are additionally plans to construct a brand new main college south of the A1 for the long run Craighall group the place there can even be three full-size sports activities pitches and new ‘cycle superhighways’ created utilizing a railway line which runs underneath the twin carraigeway and a bridge.

The masterplan for the land, which stretches from Stoneybank and Newcraighall within the north down previous the village of Outdated Craighall , exhibits about 55 hectares of the land south of the A1 put aside for housing and the college, with an additional 20 hectares for employment.

North of the A1, greater than 40 hectares have been put aside for creating housing and an innovation park supporting analysis work on the college.

Land has additionally been put aside for the potential enlargement of Musselburgh Railway Station in future.

Plans are additionally in place for a ‘modified’ junction from the A1 on the college which can have an underpass.


Persimmon Houses East Scotland put in two separate planning purposes – one for planning permission in precept for the entire 116-hectare web site and a second for detailed planning permission for housing to the east of the college at Monktonhall.

Robin Holder, representing the builders, mentioned at a gathering of East Lothian Council’s planning committee in Haddington on Tuesday that they believed the developments can be “very constructive” for Musselburgh.

Among the many housing being constructed throughout the whole web site shall be 375 inexpensive houses.

Issues had been raised concerning the proximity of housing at Monktonhall to the A1 and the affect of noise on them.

Councillor Jeremy Findlay mentioned it appeared that the inexpensive housing was being constructed closest to the highway, which is likely one of the principal roads from Edinburgh to England.


He mentioned: “I discover a lot of the homes subsequent to the A1 are inexpensive homes, which to my thoughts suggests the builders don’t suppose they will promote personal homes so near it.”

Nevertheless, it was pointed on the market had been different areas of the positioning additionally getting used for inexpensive housing.

Councillor John Williamson, ward member, mentioned that the developments would convey “immense change” to Musselburgh and folks within the village of Outdated Craighall particularly.

Discussions about catchment areas for households within the space can even be held sooner or later, after it was revealed that kids dwelling within the village would proceed to attend Musselburgh’s Campie Major Faculty one and a half miles away on the opposite facet of the A1, regardless of a brand new college being constructed on the sting of the village itself.

Councillors authorized each planning purposes unanimously.

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