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Controversial compact growth strategy highlighted in East Lothian Council’s draft plan

Words: Roger Milne

East Lothian Council this week approved its draft local development plan (LDP), which sets out a controversial compact growth development strategy for 10,500 new homes and 76 hectares of employment land.

The council is run by a Labour/Conservative coalition.

Scottish National Party (SNP) councillors refused to vote on the draft plan and the East Lothian SNP MP George Kerevan announced that he was taking advice on a possible legal challenge.

The strategy seeks to maximise the use of existing infrastructure capacity in the west of the local authority area at Musselburgh, Wallyford, and Whitecraig.

The draft LDP identifies a strategic development area (SDA) around the A1/East Coast mainline railway corridor.

Council leader Willie Innes said: “The plan is a complex jigsaw puzzle bringing together various elements including an additional 10,050 houses, identifying land for economic use to provide the jobs East Lothian needs, protecting the environment and our towns and villages from indiscriminate and inappropriate over-development, and protecting and enhancing East Lothian’s natural beauty and cultural vitality.”

Image credit | Kyoshi Masamune