The proposed 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. This will bring benefits in terms of health, the environment and social interaction.
Better and safer crossing points along Main Street (see below) will improve physical connectivity between the development and the current village. This will support community integration, with existing residents accessing facilities and amenities at the new development. Future residents of the development will also be able to easily and safely access the primary school, local shops and services.
With frequent train services to Edinburgh, and to a lesser extent North Berwick, Longniddry is in a highly sustainable location. The railway station is situated at the heart of the potential development and any new development will take advantage of the existing infrastructure and facilities. 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, not roads.
The emerging proposals for Longniddry Development are all within a 10-minute walk of the railway station, and 5-minute walk of the village centre and shops. This actually means that new development is closer to the village core than many parts of Glassel Park. Proposals to further assist integration will 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 from every house is provided.
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. In addition, we are working with Network Rail and East Lothian Council to extend the existing car park eastward. Some new car parking will also be provided south of the railway line.
A series of footpaths are proposed which run through the proposed network of green spaces and joins existing paths through wider green networks.
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 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.
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.