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Coal to property transformation of East Lothian mine powers ahead

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March 30 2017

Coal to property transformation of East Lothian mine powers ahead
East Lothian Council have lent their support to a 1,600-home settlement at Blindwells, near Prestonpans, as part of a landscape-led masterplan which also makes provision for business units, a school and supermarket.

Generous open spaces will be peppered throughout this mix, threaded by 10 miles of new walking and cycling routes across the former open-cast mine – owned by Hargreaves Surface Mining.

James Fraser, associate director at EMA Architects, said: “This site is an important part of the future growth of East Lothian with the aspiration that Blindwells will become a desirable place to live and add to the rich character found within East Lothian.

“A garden city design has been proposed with pockets of residential development surrounded by generous open space and woodland planting, allowing all residents direct connections to these important landscape features and the extensive walking / cycle network proposed throughout the masterplan.”

Work could now get underway on the giant scheme early next year with the potential to deliver as many as 3,200 homes by 2022.
480 homes classed as affordable will be included on the site
480 homes classed as affordable will be included on the site
A high school and railway station feature in longer term plans for the site
A high school and railway station feature in longer term plans for the site

3 Comments

Matt
#1 Posted by Matt on 30 Mar 2017 at 13:46 PM
Massive dull suburb plonked into an East Lothian field all joined together with featureless spur roads....'garden city' this is not!
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 31 Mar 2017 at 10:36 AM
The dead hand of EMA strikes again... arbitrary isolated cells of housing strung out along meandering roads, a 'local centre' that isn't central and seems to consist mostly of car parks, generic landscape buffers around the perimeter preventing any dialogue with surroundings, nothing integrated with anything. Miles from any current recognised best practice in urban design, flies in the face of any meaningful application of Designing Streets standards. More or less exactly what they're doing to Wallyford just down the road. How on earth do this lot have the masterplanning business sewn up?
fiona
#3 Posted by fiona on 4 Apr 2017 at 13:22 PM
another 'anywhere' scheme, just plopping shapes on a plan with absolutely no understanding of the integration of buildings and landscape, public space and most importantly how people will actually live in this 'garden city'. garden city it is not!

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