East Lothian

CALA submits plans for new homes in Inverurie

CALA Homes (North) has submitted a planning application for a proposed residential development in Inverurie.

Located in the Conglass area, on Crawford Road, the development would see the creation of 57 homes comprising four and five-bedroom detached houses as well as an allocation of affordable properties.

The application follows the housebuilder’s previously submitted plans for a development in nearby Oldmeldrum.

Mike Naysmith, managing director of CALA Homes (North), said: “We are pleased to progress with plans for this luxury pocket of family homes in Inverurie.

“It has been many years since we last built homes in the town but we have been very keen to return and invest in the right developments in the area, so we are particularly pleased to have plans for this site at Conglass and also in nearby Oldmeldrum.

“Our proposal has been carefully considered to ensure the new neighbourhood will complement the existing surroundings.

“We look forward to releasing more details of our exciting plans for Conglass as they move forward.”

Meanwhile CALA has launched its latest development of new homes on the former grounds of the Scottish Fire Service College in Gullane.

Careful renovation is ensuring that the coastal village’s iconic Henderson House is restored to its former glory and transformed into apartments.

The renowned and much loved building was formerly The Marine Hotel before becoming the college and eventually mothballed following Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s relocation to Cumbernauld.

Work is currently being finalised on two townhouse showhomes due to launch in April, with a show apartment expected to be ready by early summer. A refurbished apartment in Henderson House will join the roster of showhomes around August.

In total, CALA is bringing to market 125 homes, including the Henderson House apartments, mews, terraced and semi-detached housing.

Philip Hogg, sales and marketing director with CALA Homes (East), said: “Gullane is an ideal area for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city living, while maintaining easy access to the capital.

“As well as opening the door to new families in Gullane, our homes will provide a much needed option for downsizers, commuters and holiday makers alike.

“From the development’s name, inspired by Henderson House’s previous life as The Marine Hotel, to red stone features and natural timber touches, every detail of the new development has been carefully designed to reflect the area’s heritage.

“The site has been left unused for years so we’re excited to put the valuable space back to good use and our new homes will create a village feel and a new neighbourhood, with plenty of green space for the whole community to enjoy.”

New developer introduced at Haddington housing development

Gerry More

A residential development in Haddington that includes a new primary school is making considerable progress with the introduction of a second developer.

Included in recent milestones at the Letham Mains site, CALA Homes (East) is looking to split its previously approved original share of 376 homes, with Stewart Milne Homes now seeking to take on 155 homes.

Despite not altering the total number of homes, the like-for-like substitution of plots between the two developers requires fresh planning approval, due to variations in home styles and small on-site design changes, with proposals by Stewart Milne Homes recently submitted.

Derek Lawson, strategic land director with CALA Homes (East), said: “We’re pleased to be able to work with Stewart Milne Homes to enable them to take over half of our original site.

“This ensures our team can focus on delivering high-quality homes, while facilitating the new purpose-built primary school.”

CALA is on schedule to commence construction on its remaining share of the homes in January 2018, with Stewart Milne Homes anticipating starting in the summer, subject to planning outcomes.

Managing director of Stewart Milne Homes Central, Gerry More, added: “We are seeing strong demand for quality family homes across Central Scotland and, by increasing the number of active developments, through collaborative working with other homebuilders, we’re in a firm position to cater to this demand.

“Subject to planning approval, we are looking to create an attractive neighbourhood of 155 homes at Haddington. With attention to detail in both the craftsmanship of our homes and in the design of the settings, streets and green space, we will deliver a distinctive and desirable place to live which, with the plans for the new primary school, will be ideal for families.”

Meaningful progress has also been made at the development following a major earthwork project to prepare the site. These works include spine road infrastructure, regrading of levels, delivery of services and will include off-site works on West Road.

Likewise, the CALA Homes-led programme to deliver the serviced school site is on track for early summer 2018 when it will hand over to the local authority.

Derek Lawson added: “Letham Mains is a major project for us and a very important element of East Lothian Council’s release of housing across the region.

“We are delighted to now have the housebuild start date very much in sight and will begin to provide a welcome boost to house hunters offering high-quality premium product from our new Light and Space range.”

Planning approval for 680 homes in Edinburgh and East Lothian


The new homes proposed for Baileyfield South

Two new housing developments in East Lothian and the East of Edinburgh have now received planning approval, in a move set to help address local housing shortages.

The Barratt Homes’ developments, located in Portobello, Edinburgh and Wallyford, near Musselburgh in East Lothian, will provide an additional 680 homes in total.

Another view of the Baileyfield development

Another view of the Baileyfield development

Approvals of the new sites will result in a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes and apartments in Wallyford and one, two and three bedroom apartments, colonies, townhouses and terraced homes at Portobello.

The 245 homes set to be built in Wallyford will result in the creation of 368 direct and 1,103 indirect jobs in the area.

Baileyfield viewed from above

Baileyfield viewed from above

At Portobello, Barratt Homes will be building 435 new homes at Baileyfield South. Previously used for commercial purposes, the mix of property type at the site is designed to complement the builder’s nearby existing development, Barratt @ Portobello.

The new development will result in the creation of 665 direct and 2,000 indirect jobs during the site’s construction.

An aerial view of the Wallyford site

An aerial view of the Wallyford site

Mansoor Ali, development director for Barratt Homes East Scotland, said: “Edinburgh East and East Lothian are both extremely popular residential locations and these developments will meet the needs of a wide range of house hunters ranging from first time buyers to families.

“Our latest planning approvals in East Lothian and Edinburgh are good news and we will see building begin later in 2018.”

Report outlines vision of potential employment zone and energy quarter at Cockenzie Power Station site


The Cockenzie Power Station during its demolition in 2015

A potential vision of a mixed-use development of the former Cockenzie Power Station site including an employment zone, an area for a potential energy quarter and an improved harbour setting has been revealed in a new report.

Produced by consultants Peter Brett Associates following its appointment by East Lothian Council, the Cockenzie Masterplan Report sets out the findings from the master planning process for the site.

The document is being made available following Scottish Power’s recent announcement that East Lothian Council is preferred bidder to purchase the site.

The document does not represent any agreed council policy or settled outcome for the future of the site. Instead it serves as a basis for further reflection, discussion and engagement between key stakeholders.

The consultants were tasked with producing a visionary document setting out potential future land uses for the site. A series of interactive community drop-in sessions were held in Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans – attended by more than 200 people. All views expressed were considered carefully and no suggestion was considered off limits. Meetings were also held with local and national stakeholders.

Cockenzie_illustrative_masterplanThe document acknowledges that the former power station is a key site for local communities and the wider East Lothian economy. The report sets out a possible vision of a mixed-use site including an employment zone, multi-purpose open space, landscaped areas with paths, an area for a potential energy quarter and an improved harbour setting with further employment space and infrastructure improvements.

There are a number of factors and considerations which would need to be taken into account before a masterplan report could inform local planning policy. For example, a formal statutory process – including prescribed periods of consultation – would be necessary.

The council is keen to understand the direction of future national planning policy set by Scottish Ministers, with the National Planning Framework due for review in 2019. It would also be necessary for the council to carry out technical work, including a Strategic Environmental Assessment on whatever ultimately is agreed upon for the site in planning policy terms.

In the meantime, the masterplan report will serve as a basis for further reflection, discussion and engagement between the council and key stakeholders.

Depute council leader, Norman Hampshire, said: “I welcome publication of the report produced by Peter Brett Associates. The council has long recognised that the former Cockenzie Power Station site presents a key strategic economic development opportunity for East Lothian. While the power station’s demolition stirred up a mix of emotions among local people and there are different opinions on future use of the site, most agree that this is a hugely important issue for local residents and an exciting opportunity for East Lothian as a whole. We are therefore determined to secure a positive future in the best interests of local communities and our economy. That’s why the council and our partners on the Cockenzie Community Forum brought in external consultants to carry out a wide consultation exercise and prepare this masterplan report.

“I’d like to thank everyone who attended one of the events which were held – the feedback received was invaluable and has helped get to this stage. There remains a huge amount of work to do. For example, we need to understand whether there are any implications for the site as a result of any revisions to national planning policy. Crucially, we also need to secure formal purchase of the site, following the recent news that East Lothian Council is ScottishPower’s preferred bidder.

“While these matters are very complex the council is focused on making progress as quickly as possible. In the meantime, local residents and interested stakeholders have a chance to review the report and the council looks forward to gathering their reflections.”

The report can be viewed on the council website.

East Lothian Council rejects national marine centre proposals

© Simpson & Brown Architects

© Simpson & Brown Architects

Plans to transform the Scottish Seabird Centre’s existing premises into a new national marine centre have been rejected by East Lothian Council on the grounds that the project would have a detrimental impact on the local area.

The £6.2 million scheme would have expanded the existing site in North Berwick to provide a hub for marine education and included a new visitor centre for school groups and an observatory enabling a 360-degree view of the landscape.

Designs by Simpson & Brown Architects were previously revised to accommodate feedback from the community, staff and volunteers, supporters as well as council officers.

The height of the planned observatory was reduced by 1.6 metres, while alterations were made to the design of the marine centre’s roof and the brickwork used was also changed so it is more in keeping with its surroundings.

© Simpson & Brown Architects

© Simpson & Brown Architects

However the £5.5 million plan was rejected by councillors this week due to adverse visual impacts on the historic settings of North Berwick.

Council papers said 353 people had raised objections to the new centre, while 215 had said they were in support of it.

A report to the planning committee said: “The economic benefits are not sufficient to outweigh the significant detrimental visual impact that the proposed development would have on the character of the North Berwick conservation area.”

Scottish Seabird Centre chief executive, Tom Brock, said: “It has taken many years to get to this stage and to receive a refusal from the planning committee is very disappointing.

“However, we have been greatly encouraged by the widespread support for the concept of a national marine centre that aims to inform and inspire people about Scotland’s amazing marine wildlife and highlights the need to look after it for future generations.

“We will take on board recommendations and we are reviewing plans to identify the best way forward.”

Council named preferred bidder for Cockenzie Power Station site

The power station was demolished in 2015

The power station was demolished in 2015

The former Cockenzie Power Station site is to be sold to East Lothian Council meaning the regeneration of the land can now progress.

ScottishPower announced that the local authority is the preferred bidder to purchase the site, which was demolished in 2015.

It will now develop the area in line with an economic ‘masterplan’, hopefully brining jobs and regeneration.

Depute council leader Norman Hampshire said: “East Lothian Council believes that the former Cockenzie Power Station site presents an important opportunity for economic development and to meet the aspirations of local communities.

“News that we are ScottishPower’s preferred bidder is a positive step forward, although there remains work to do in order to confirm an agreement which enables the council to formally purchase the site. We are looking to progress this as quickly as possible and will provide further details in due course.

“We recognise the significance of the site and will ensure local communities continue to be involved and engaged.”

A ScottishPower spokesperson said: “The process to determine the future of the power station site has involved a wide range of detailed discussions. We can confirm that East Lothian council is the preferred bidder, and further talks will now take place to confirm the details of the sale. We will work closely with the council to conclude these discussions as quickly as possible. ScottishPower has been part of the local community for over 50 years, and we have been working hard since Cockenzie closed to ensure the best outcome for the site.”

Offsite Solutions to supply bathroom pods for East Lothian Community Hospital

East Lothian Community Hospital 3Bathroom pod manufacturer Offsite Solutions has been awarded a supply contract for the new £70 million state-of-the-art East Lothian Community Hospital.

The firm will provide 134 factory-built bathroom pods for the 22,000sqm community hospital in Haddington. The units will be supplied without floors to allow for continuous level flooring throughout the wards and avoiding the need for thresholds to make the bathrooms fully accessible.

Designed to meet HTM requirements, each of the large 2.6m x 2.2m pods will easily accommodate a patient and a carer, and will have a wider pre-prepared aperture for two door leaves for easy access. The wash basins, toilets and showers will be pre-installed in the Offsite Solutions’ factory in Somerset and the easy-to-clean, hygienic walls will be finished in white with a feature wall from a range of colours.

The scheme has a complex phased construction to allow the continuation of clinical services in the existing hospital buildings on the site. As a result, the bathroom pods will be installed in batches throughout 2018.

Morrison Construction was appointed principal contractor for the project by hub South East Scotland on behalf of NHS Lothian. When completed, the new facility will increase inpatient beds by around 60% to enhance the quality of care for the people of East Lothian.

Commenting on the specification of bathroom pods for this project, Paul Godwin, design manager at Morrison Construction, said: “Having the bathrooms arrive on site as a finished product gives us the benefit of a significant programme saving and this use of offsite construction means we need less labour on site, which is safer and more efficient.”

David Small, partnership director at East Lothian Health and Social Care, added: “I am impressed with the way work on site is forging ahead. People in East Lothian will benefit from having this state-of-the art facility, which will help us to deliver more services much closer to home.”

When operational, the new East Lothian Community Hospital will provide a range of community-based services including a mental health inpatient unit, elderly medicine, orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation, medical assessment inpatient ward, therapy services, outpatients department, endoscopy and minor operations.

Revised national marine centre plans submitted for planning

© Simpson & Brown Architects

© Simpson & Brown Architects

Amended plans have been submitted for the proposed national marine centre in North Berwick.

The attraction for the Scottish Seabird Centre conservation and education charity aims to provide a hub for marine education, highlighting the international importance of Scotland’s marine life, as well as the threats they face, and presenting cutting-edge research taking place across the country.

With an estimated project investment of £6.2 million, the plans include a new education space to accommodate school and community groups; new outreach and online learning programmes; year-round interactive and changing exhibitions and activities to reduce seasonality; as well as new volunteering, work experience and internship programmes.

The plans for the centre have been updated following consultation which has been undertaken since March 2017. The designs have evolved and taken on a range of iterations to accommodate feedback from the community, staff and volunteers, supporters as well as East Lothian Council officers.

New architectural drawings show the height of the planned observatory reduced by 1.6 metres, as well as alterations to the design of the marine centre’s roof and changes to the brickwork used so it is more in keeping with its surroundings.

© Simpson & Brown Architects

© Simpson & Brown Architects

Andy Davey, partner at Simpson & Brown – the architects who designed the existing Seabird Centre building, said: “We have worked very hard to design a sensitive scheme on an important and challenging site, responding to the education and conservation objectives of the charity.

“The scheme will be able to accommodate the new education programmes and activities being developed in partnership with conservation and research organisations. The updated plans fit with the mix of buildings within the Conservation Area, minimise impact on the harbour and improve the public realm space.

“A Heritage Impact Assessment has been undertaken, following guidelines set out by Historic Environment Scotland. We strongly believe that this proposal will enhance the built landscape of the area in a similar way to the construction of the original Seabird Centre seventeen years ago.”

New analysis of the economic impact of the marine centre by the independent economic research consultancy EKOS reinforces that the centre will bring considerable benefits to East Lothian and Scotland.

The EKOS report estimates that the new centre will generate output at the East Lothian level of £2.38m per annum and support employment of 54 FTEs (full time equivalents). It will create a net additional increase of £1.18m per annum in output and employment of 24 FTEs on top of the existing beneficial impacts of the Scottish Seabird Centre.

At a national level, it will generate output at just over £1m per annum and support 23 FTE jobs.

Tom Brock OBE, CEO of the Scottish Seabird Centre, added: “The aim of the national marine centre is to build on the work undertaken by the Seabird Centre team by diversifying to incorporate the wider marine environment and wildlife above and below the waves, including seabirds.

“The economic impact at regional and national levels is significant and that coupled with our charitable objective to encourage people to protect and conserve the marine environment and wildlife for future generations reinforces the importance of this project.”

Health secretary adds final touches to roof on £70m East Lothian Community Hospital

(from left) Paul McGirk, chief executive, hub South East Scotland Ltd; Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction; Shona Robison; David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership; Peter Murray, chair of East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership; Iain Graham, NHS Lothian

(from left) Paul McGirk, chief executive, hub South East Scotland Ltd; Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction; Shona Robison; David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership; Peter Murray, chair of East Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership; Iain Graham, NHS Lothian

Cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and sport, Shona Robison, marked the progress of works on the new £70 million East Lothian Community Hospital by joining guests on the roof of the nearly complete Out-patients Department.

The programme of works is seeing a modern and purpose-built hospital developed on the existing Roodlands site in Haddington, helping improve the quality of care for people in East Lothian.

Shona Robison adding the final roofing to the top of East Lothian Community Hospital Out-patients department

Shona Robison adding the final roofing to the top of East Lothian Community Hospital Out-patients department

Ms Robison said: “This new hospital brings state of the art facilities to East Lothian, allowing many people in the area to be treated closer to home.

“This is an important step forward for the communities in East Lothian and we are a step closer to seeing this new facility become a reality.

“The Scottish Government is investing over £1.2 billion on the NHS estate over the next three years. Our investment in these new facilities will help us to achieve our ambition of transforming the way health and social care services are delivered, keeping NHS Scotland at the forefront of delivering world-class care.”

David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The progress to date shows the significant scale of the development and the plans for enhancing more joined-up health and social care services through the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership are taking shape.

“The new facilities will see a return of some services to East Lothian with an increase of 60 percent of inpatient beds. With the help of our patients, this project will allow our staff to continue to provide safe, effective healthcare and rehabilitation.

“Throughout the extensive planning process we listened to what mattered most to people and with the invaluable input of the community, patients and their families, third sector organisations and staff we will have a facility we can be proud of.”

The redevelopment of the hospital site is being undertaken in partnership with hub South East Scotland Ltd, with Morrison Construction the main contractor.

Cab%20Sec%20looking%20over%20roof%20side%20with%20representatives[1]Paul McGirk, chief executive, hub South East Scotland Ltd, NHS Lothian’s development partner, said: “Having been involved in this project since the early stages as Hub South East helped drive plans for the redevelopment, it’s fantastic to see the progress being made on site.

“This is our largest project to begin construction, and the biggest Hub deal signed so far in Scotland. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NHS Lothian to ensure that patients will benefit from modern, fit for purpose facilities and the community will benefit from investment in the local area.”

Morrison Construction managing director, Eddie Robertson, said: ”It is great to see the shell of this major infrastructure project substantially complete, giving people a visible reminder of this much-anticipated community facility. Seeing the hospital take shape is creating a lot of fresh interest in the local community and among healthcare staff.

”Progress on the site is continuing to gain momentum with works on the roofing, external walls and the internal fit out all underway.

“We are also thrilled to be working with pupils from six local high schools to help them gain a solid grounding in the skills demanded by the modern construction industry, including mentoring support, on-site experience and work placement opportunities. Attracting the very brightest and creative young minds into the built environment sector is essential to the health and vibrancy of this critical industry.”

Work on site has already delivered a new car park and the new Out-Patients departments should be open as early as 2018. Construction work on the remainder of the development will be complete in 2020.

Flats approved at former Musselburgh supermarket site

Mall AvenueA development of 140 flats on part of the site of the former Tesco store in Musselburgh has been approved by East Lothian Council’s Planning Committee.

Permission in principle for a mixed-use development on part of the former Brunton Wire Works was granted in September 2008 and out of that development, a new Tesco store has already been built as well as the Musselburgh Primary Care Facility.

The permission granted this week is for the detailed development of 140 flats on the site of the former Tesco store at Mall Avenue. The development includes a mix of one, two and three bedroomed flats of which 129 will be for private sale and 11 are affordable housing.

Some committee members raised concerns about the provision of only 146 parking spaces for the 140 flats but the vote in the end was eight councillors in favour of the development and one against.