Community Benefits

In addition to the delivery of much-needed housing and commercial development at the Farm Steading, the local community will benefit considerably from a variety of financial contributions paid for by the development.

These contributions have been secured by the legally binding section 75 Agreement signed between the landowner and East Lothian Council. All these financial contributions will be paid to the Council, which will then be responsible for implementing or maintaining the relevant benefits for the community.

Section 75 contributions

The section 75 agreement for the development was signed in June 2018, and the package of contributions to be paid total approximately £7m, including the following specific payments:

Road Infrastructure improvements – over £1.13m

  • £557,000 for road improvements/alterations at/in the vicinity of the Coal Road (B6363)
  • £324,000 for road improvements/alterations at/or in the vicinity of the junction of Main Street
  • £141,237 for road improvements/alterations at/or in the vicinity of the A1 Bankton Interchange, Musselburgh town centre improvements and Tranent town centre improvements.
  • £100,000 for the extension of Longniddry Station Car Park.
  • £10,000 for the construction and improvement of the Longniddry-Haddington cycle path along the old railway line.

See Connectivity & Access for further information on transport infrastructure proposals.

Education – over £4.93m

  • £3,145,050 primary education contributions toward the provision of additional educational accommodation at Longniddry Primary and Nursery School.
  • £1,785,150 towards to the provision of secondary education accommodation at Preston Lodge High School.

Community sports pitch – over £66.6k

  • Completed community sports pitch transferred to East Lothian Council and a sum of £66,626 paid towards its future maintenance.

GP surgery – £30k

  • £30,000 to improve the premises of the medical practice serving the Longniddry catchment. This complements the £2.8 million upgrading of Cockenzie’s Harbours Medical Practice by NHS Lothian and East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership.

Platform extensions – over £766.3k

  • £766,362.50 towards platform extensions at stations on the East Lothian mainline and North Berwick branch line.