Councillors approve Wallyford Learning Campus plan

East Lothian Council’s planning committee met remotely yesterday to consider a number of applications including a new secondary school at Wallyford and 105 new houses as part of the greater Wallyford development.

Councillors agreed unanimously to an application for a £46 million new high school at Wallyford to serve the raft of new homes in the area.

Designed by JM Architects, the Wallyford Learning Campus will serve a fast-growing population in the former mining village with a combined secondary, early years facility and a school for pupils with complex needs.

To be constructed on farmland west of Masons Way, north of the new Wallyford Primary School, the project will contain a secondary school designed to accommodate initially 950 pupils from the wider Musselburgh catchment area and other community facilities including a 20 pupil nursery, a 50 pupil Severe and Complex Needs Centre, an adult day centre, community library, café, community spaces and sports facilities.

Councillors approve Wallyford Learning Campus plan

The application also includes associated playgrounds, two sports pitches, car parking, electric vehicle chargers, cycle shelters, play equipment and landscaping. Both the building and the site are designed to cater not only for secondary school pupils but for the wider community across all age groups. The development has an anticipated opening year of 2024.

As part of the greater Wallyford development, councillors unanimously approved planning permission for a further 105 houses west of Fa’side Terrace.

The committee also unanimously approved a change to planning consent for new homes at Letham Mains, Haddington, which related to a change in some of the house types used on the site, with no change to the number of homes to be erected.

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