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30/03/2017

Green light for new settlement for East Lothian

Words: Roger Milne
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A new town in East Lothian is set to climb off the drawing board following approval from the planning authority of the masterplan for the 1,600-home first phase of the Blindwells development.

This has been proposed by Hargreave Services for land next to the A1 near Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, 15 miles from the Scottish capital Edinburgh.

The approval, which includes 480 affordable homes, forms part of proposals for a residential-led, mixed-use development of more than 3,200 homes over the next 12 to 15 years.

The proposals include provision for employment land, a new primary school, and in the longer term a high school, a new park-and-ride scheme, a site for a new rail halt, playing fields and more than 10 miles of paths through the parkland and open space.

The site, which was formerly an opencast coal mine until its closure in 2000, will require some initial consolidation work and the development of infrastructure such as roads and connections to utility networks.

Meanwhile, in a separate but related development, this week East Lothian councillors agreed to submit the council’s proposed local development plan to the Scottish Government for examination.

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