The development around Longniddry Farm is not going to be a separate settlement, but will instead become an integral part of the village as a whole.
Lying within a 500m radius of the existing village centre, walking and cycling will be preferred over car use for the majority of local needs within the village.
Better and safer crossing points along Main Street will improve physical connectivity between the development and the current village, supporting community integration.
With frequent train services to Edinburgh, and to a lesser extent North Berwick, Longniddry is in a highly sustainable location. There are also regular bus services.
Proximity and walkability
Proximity and walkability are key to connectivity and integration, creating a walkable neighbourhood structured around a connected network of streets.
The proposals for Longniddry South are all within a 10-minute walk of the railway station, and 5-minute walk of the village centre and shops. Proposals to further assist integration include the upgrading of existing connections under the railway line to aid pedestrian and cycle movement.
A range of direct and safe walking and cycling routes to the train station is provided from every house. There will also be a series of footpaths running through the network of green spaces and joining existing paths through the wider network of walking and cycle routes.
Traffic and access
Modelling shows that the majority of traffic generated from the new development will typically travel to the A1 via the B6363 (Coal Road) and the Gladsmuir Junction. As a result the impact of this development on roads and junctions within the village will be minimal. The entire length of the B6363 from the Lorne Bridge to the Gladsmuir Junction has been analysed and a series of improvements are proposed, including widenings and additional road markings.
From the B6363 there will be three junctions into the Longniddry South development, the middle of which will be the principle access. The 30mph limit will start at the southern boundary of the development. The development itself is designed for vehicle speeds of no more than 20mph.
In recognition of the limited capacity of the existing station car park, a car park extension is proposed to the north of the railway line, on land within the control of the Estate, approximately doubling the amount of space available. Some new car parking will also be provided south of the railway line.
Main Street improvements
A series of improvements are proposed along Main Street to slow down speeding traffic and to make crossing the road much easier and safer for pedestrians.
Pavements will be widened on either side of the street, reducing the carriageway width and making Main Street more pedestrian friendly. A central reservation will also be introduced along a section of Main Street to give the impression of a narrower road, which will slow vehicles further.
The existing signalised pedestrian crossing will be relocated 100m to the east, to the Argyll Bridge, to provide a safer and more direct route to school.
At the Lorne Bridge the junction will be signalised and include a pedestrian crossing. This will improve road safety for all road users. Several additional kerb crossings are also proposed along Main Street.
Taken together, this substantial package of measures will improve safety for pedestrians, enhance the physical environment of Main Street and also serve to connect and integrate the development around Longniddry Farm with the village.