The public will have an opportunity to view proposals for a mixed-use development at Longniddry, including the delivery of around 450 much-needed new homes by developer, Socially Conscious Capital.
These will go on public display at the Longniddry Inn on Friday 19th February from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday 20th February from 10am to 1pm.
Located around Longniddry Farm, to the south of the existing village, the site is allocated in East Lothian Council’s Draft Proposed Local Development Plan for “around 450 homes plus associated employment development, community facilities and infrastructure.”1 East Lothian is required to deliver 10,050 new homes by 2024.
Proposals are being put forward for an exemplary village expansion, including high quality and distinctive new housing. The draft masterplan shows a community of approximately 450 homes, embracing a range of house types and tenure options, and a strong network of green spaces centred on a mix of commercial uses, such as cafe, nursery and offices, based at Longniddry Farm.
The site, owned by the Wemyss and March Estate, is highly deliverable, being under one ownership and with no abnormal ground conditions. East Lothian Council has also indicated that the education impacts of around 450 homes at this location could be managed within the current school estate.
The proposed development is uniquely located within short walking distance of both an existing commuter railway station and village centre, making it one of the most sustainable development locations in East Lothian. Indeed, one of the improvements delivered by the development will be an expanded car park at the railway station.
As outlined in the Draft Local Plan, a masterplan will be required as part of any planning application, promoting community integration with the existing settlement.
Proposals to further aid integration will include the upgrading of existing connections under the railway to allow for pedestrian and cycle movement, as well as appropriate upgrades to the road junction of the A198 and B6363.
Traffic calming and associated environmental works on the A198 through the village will also be delivered, including provision of suitable pedestrian crossing points.
Considerable community consultation in advance of the publication of the Draft Local Plan has already been undertaken, with the submission of a planning application likely in Spring 2016. This will take account of the feedback garnered through this consultation process.
Commenting on the event Rock Feilding from Socially Conscious Capital said:
“We look forward to presenting these proposals for delivering new development in Longniddry to the local community and getting their feedback.
“In addition to the much-needed new housing, we wanted to make sure that any new development also delivers tangible benefits to the existing residents of Longniddry, so we welcome as many people as possible attending our events at the Longniddry Inn to share their views on what would most benefit the village.”
1 East Lothian Council, Draft East Lothian Local Development Plan, p. 25. Available at:http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/5812/east_lothian_council
About Socially Conscious Capital
SCC is a family-controlled development business committed to the principles of Sustainable Urbanism: we want to build new developments that have a mix of uses, housing types and tenures, that are walkable and encourage sustainable modes of travel, that are in keeping with the local vernacular and sensitive to distinctive local styles, and that people will want to live and work in for hundreds of years to come.
We believe that by building such communities, with a real sense of place and belonging, we can maximize the value of the development while ensuring social, environmental, and economic benefits for local people – that is why we are called ‘Socially Conscious Capital’.
SCC was established in 2009, but our management team has over 40 years experience in the property development, investment, and management sector. Between us we have secured planning permission for over 10,000 new homes and have worked on many significant development and regeneration projects.
For further information: http://www.sociallyconsciouscapital.co.uk/