Whitecraig houses approved

Wednesday August 19th 2020


The housing development east of Cowpits Road, Whitecraig, East Lothian

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A new housing development at Whitecraig will see 250 new homes built, with 63 described as affordable.

Detailed planning permission for the housing at the east of Cowpits Road has been granted by East Lothian Council.

The plan includes a mix of housing, from cottage flats and bungalows to detached five-bedroom homes.

And proposals approved by the council’s planning committee this week include a four-metre-wide cycle path through the development from Cowpits Road to Whitecraig Road which will form part of the National Cycle Route.

At a virtual meeting of the committee on Tuesday, the proposal, lodged jointly by Persimmon Homes and the executors of the late Sir John Hope, was approved unanimously.

Planning permission in principal for the development was granted in 2018. This week full planning permission was approved, along with a range of conditions.

Among the conditions agreed were financial contributions of £3.15million towards providing additional capacity at Whitecraig Primary School and the costs of the new Musselburgh secondary school, and nearly £290,000 towards a new sports pitch in the village.

Gary Heaney from Persimmon Homes said the 63 affordable homes would be a mix of social rent homes for East Lothian Housing Association and mid-market rent homes for LAR Housing Trust

In a report before the committee on feedback from local residents about the development, Persimmon said: “During public consultation, it was established there is a desire for a wide range of different house types to cater for families, young residents getting onto the housing ladder and older residents wishing to downsize.

“A variety of new homes will be catered for, including detached, semi-detached, terraced, cottage flats, and bungalows. The design makes provision for two areas of affordable housing, one to the west along Cowpits Road and to the south-eastern boundary.”

There were no objections to the proposals, which were approved unanimously by the planning committee.

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