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June 7 2016

Gullane fire training college to make way for 125 homes
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have obtained planning permission in principle for the creation of up to 125 flats on the site of their former training college in Gullane, East Lothian.

An illustrative master plan prepared by Barton Willmore includes the provision for up to 95 new build flats and houses as well as 30 apartments within a retained Henderson House, an historic mansion previously used as offices.

The master plan has been conceived as a series of gridded perimeter blocks in a bid to meld with the existing development pattern of Gullane, with a central open space intended to serve as a children’s play area.

Andrew Fleming, associate planner at Barton Willmore’s Edinburgh office commented: “East Lothian Council had originally wanted to include an element of employment land and tourism use on the site, however, we were able to demonstrate to the Council that such uses were not practical or viable and that there was a clear logic to the redevelopment of this brownfield site within the settlement boundary for residential development.”

The 4 hectare site will now be sold on the open market with permission in place with a view to appointing a developer to bring forward detailed design proposals.
Henderson House will be retained as part of the works
Henderson House will be retained as part of the works

5 Comments

Terra
#1 Posted by Terra on 8 Jun 2016 at 00:25 AM
Because who needs to train to put out fires when you can build a housing scheme?! Actually there's multiple layers in this story for anyone of a more cynical mind.
Pat Morris Mrs)
#2 Posted by Pat Morris Mrs) on 8 Jun 2016 at 07:58 AM
Seen 2-3 similar plans - NO mention on them of new build FLATS ? Also road systems and access roads need to be very very carefully worked out and garaging for cars in new houses. NO sign of any.
Thomas Noon
#3 Posted by Thomas Noon on 8 Jun 2016 at 10:42 AM
Stongly don't agree with roads coming out onto Muirfield Drive.
If this is allowed it means that there will be 10 junctions onto the drive.
Walt Disney
#4 Posted by Walt Disney on 8 Jun 2016 at 11:11 AM
Its simply a starter for 10 as Bamber used to say. BW have done a 'masterplan' solely as a serving suggestion so that there can be some sort of land value calculation on a deliverable scheme. All of the developers bidding for this scheme will have their own detailed designs which will probably differ significantly from this.
Fireman Bam
#5 Posted by Fireman Bam on 8 Jun 2016 at 15:17 PM
#1 yeah because most fire and rescue service call outs are for non-fire related incidences the days. if you worked in architecture/construction you'd realise the big advancements made in reducing property fires (apart from derelict property in glasgow). the 'brigade' now attend more motor emergencies than fires...best to have some open tarmac to simulate that - rather than the 2nd floor of a historic mansion... will be really interested on how they address the affordable home issue there!

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