Drone captures scale of housing coming to East Lothian

Thursday May 30th 2024


Drone image of Blindswell.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Dramatic images captured from the sky have given a snapshot of the scale of housing coming to East Lothian in the next couple of years.

The eye in the sky pictures show the frames of two new primary schools which have been put up as work begins on new phases of housing at the county’s newest settlements at Blindwells and Craighall.

Both schools will be at the heart of hundreds of new homes once open but at the moment the land around them is undeveloped.

In one picture at Blindwells, some of the new houses already built there can be seen in the distance while the frame for the school sits in the middle of empty ground.

Craighall Drone

Drone image of Craighall.

At Craighall, where 1,500 new homes are planned, the frames sits surrounded by fields which will also become part of the new community.

East Lothian Council’s development partners Hub South East, which was appointed to deliver the schools with a combined cost of just under £50million, oversaw the installation of the framework with principal contractor Balfour Beatty.

Both schools are expected to be completed by next spring with much of the funding coming through developer contributions.

They will each have capacity for 420 primary pupils and 100 nursery children.

Craighall was identified in the council’s Local Development Plan for a mix of housing and employment with homes on either side of the A1.

It is anticipated a new slip road recently built as part of the expansion of Queen Margaret University’s site will also be used by residents of the new housing.

The new town of Blindwells has been in the pipeline for over 20 years and saw its first residents move in two years ago. Built on the former opencast mine, the primary school is part of phase one which will bring 1,600 homes to the new community.

It is expected Blindwells could double its residents in the years ahead with up to 3,000 homes eventually expected to be built there.

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