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Major 1,500-Home Development Planned for Edge of Musselburgh

An important plan for 1,500 new homes, employment resources, and a primary school outside Musselburgh is making major progress.

East Lothian Council has received a Proposal of Application Notice from Persimmon Homes for the mixed-use scheme, which includes 41 hectares of employment land, community uses, a local centre, and related infrastructure. The builder intends to consult with the public in May.

It has been proposed that approximately 21 hectares of land outside Queen Margaret University be allocated for use that supports the primary sectors of life sciences, food and drink, and learning. The housing development on other sections of the Craighall location will enable the servicing of the land.

A new junction on the A1 has also been proposed to support the university scheme and the nearby development to the south. An estimated one-quarter of the homes will be designated as affordable.

Persimmon Homes East Scotland managing director Jim Kirkpatrick said that there had already been a series of in-depth discussions with the council concerning the proposed site masterplan, to make sure that the new development received ample greenspace and all the new services and facilities that new residents and workers in the region will require.


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Mr Kirkpatrick said that it was a strategic opportunity to support Queen Margaret University with its ambitious goals for the land to the west of the existing buildings.

He said that Persimmon Homes East Scotland was presently preparing for a consultation with local residents and other stakeholders to obtain their feedback on the preliminary proposals.

A detailed environmental assessment will also be put together in conjunction with the planning application to ensure that the proposals will not have a negative impact on the area’s cultural heritage or national environment.

Mr Kirkpatrick added that it was probable that the proposals would be exhibited in May 2017. The date and location will be publicised shortly. The company would also be offering meetings with local councils and reporting all commentary to the different stakeholders to ensure that the approach would be both transparent and collaborative.

Although timelines can be difficult to anticipate when so much work is still necessary to flesh out the detail of the proposals, Mr Kirkpatrick expects that a planning application will be presented to the council later this summer.

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