Planning Context

East Lothian Council approved its Proposed Local Development Plan in September 2016, undertaken with the participation of local communities and other relevant organisations and stakeholders.

The proposed Plan (PDF) states that “land at Longniddry South is allocated for a settlement expansion of around 450 homes plus associated employment development, a small local centre, community facilities and infrastructure.”

This forms part of the 10,050 new homes, which according to the Plan, East Lothian is required to deliver by 2024.

Socially Conscious Capital received a resolution to grant permission at the planning committee in August 2017, and then the Section 75 Agreement and the actual planning permission in principle (PPiP) for Longniddry South was issued in June 2018.

Longniddry South is a mixed-use development located around Longniddry Farm, to the south of the existing village.  It will be for around 450 homes (including 25 per cent affordable) plus associated employment development, community facilities, infrastructure and greenspace.

This will be a development that appeals to residents of all ages and from different walks of life. The development will incorporate high quality public green spaces that are safe and welcoming to all.  Walking, cycling and using local bus and train services will be will safe, attractive and convenient travel options.

Commercial opportunities

The proposed works to the existing Farm Steading deliver a number of commercial opportunities. These were not included in the PPiP application as they require the conversion and change of use of listed buildings. By necessity, such a development requires applications for detailed planning permission and listed building consent. These were lodged in March 2017.

The overall vision for the Farm Steading development is to create a local centre and hub for the Longniddry South development, attracting local businesses, local residents, and also visitors. There will be a combination of new office space (including the possibility of a co-working space), new workshops and studios, a new farm shop and cafe, and some new holiday rental accommodation, together with the requisite parking.