Local people are being invited to view and give feedback on proposals by developer Socially Conscious Capital (SCC) – development partner of the Wemyss & March Estate (WME) – for the sustainable expansion of Longniddry.
A revised Masterplan for the expansion of the village, including around 450 new houses and a range of potential community benefits – such as new health facilities and football pitch – will be presented at a public exhibition at the Longniddry Inn from 4pm to 8pm on Friday 16th January and 10am to 1pm on Saturday 17th January.
The event follows the publication by East Lothian of its Main Issues Report (MIR). This sets out the Council’s proposals for development in East Lothian, including where development should and should not happen. It also identifies any reasonable alternatives to the preferred approach.
The MIR is now out for consultation and will feed into the Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP), guiding future development in the County.
A southern expansion of Longniddry is viewed in the Main Issues Report (MIR) as being “a reasonable alternative development opportunity” by East Lothian Council.
It is not currently a Preferred Site because the Council lists a number of questions that they haven’t yet had answers or solutions to. These include the requirement for transport infrastructure improvements, further detail on how any expansion to the south of the railway line could be integrated with the wider landscape and existing community, as well as education provision.
The public exhibition will serve to outline potential solutions to some of these outstanding technical issues. If the outstanding issues can be satisfactorily resolved, then the proposed development could be allocated in the Local Development Plan.
The exhibition will also afford local residents the opportunity to feedback generally on the proposals prior to the submission by SCC to the MIR.
Between September and November 2013 SCC and WME commissioned the Prince’s Foundation to undertake an Enquiry by Design exercise in the village. This delivered a Vision and Masterplan for the potential expansion of Longniddry, delivered through a series of public meetings and design workshops, providing local residents and stakeholders with the chance to shape the emerging proposals.
That work recommended that the village could expand by 450 new houses, with the potential to deliver the following benefits:
- affordable homes for local families
- downsizing opportunities for older people wanting to stay in the village
- new amenities like cafe/restaurant, shops, farmers’ market
- new football pitch
- new GP surgery or health hub
- small and affordable offices for local businesses
- additional car parking spaces at the train station
- interventions to slow down traffic along Main St and make crossing safer
- green walkways and cycle routes
- community orchards and gardens
- connecting and integrating with existing village – within 5 min walk of village centre
- minimising the need for travel by car and using public transport instead, being within a close walk of the train station
- new development carefully designed to preserve the character and feel of village
Rock Feilding from Socially Conscious Capital said:
“We are delighted to be presenting these further proposals to the local community. It follows the Council’s publication of its Main Issues Report which allocates our development as an alternative site and highlights some technical issues we need to overcome if we are potentially to be included in the Council’s proposed Local Development Plan.
“This event follows a series of community meetings, public exhibitions and design workshops which has allowed local residents the opportunity to shape emerging proposals for the development of Longniddry.
“We look forward to meeting local residents at the public exhibition on 16th and 17th January, receiving feedback and answering any questions people might have.”
Further information at: www.longniddrydevelopment.com.
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.
Further information at: www.sociallyconsciouscapital.co.uk/