Places for People welcomes green light for first phase of Longniddry village extension
Places for People has been cleared to start work later this year on the first phase of a vibrant new extension to the village of Longniddry after East Lothian Council approved detailed designs for 98 new homes.
Phase one of Longniddry South includes a development of 39 affordable rent homes specially designed for people over 60 by Edinburgh-based architects Smith Scott Mullan. Zero C, part of Places for People, will develop 59 homes for sale designed by celebrated architect Ben Pentreath.
Places for People interim director of development for Scotland, Willie Lockhart, said: “This is a great example of the benefits of working closely in partnership with landowners who care about the community, and we are delighted to have the go-ahead to begin building at Longniddry. It promises to be a truly special development offering benefits to both new and existing residents of the village.”
He added: “The layout of the development and design of the individual homes by Ben Pentreath reflect the best of East Lothian traditions. It will provide existing and future residents of Longniddry with a range of 2, 3 and 4 bed high quality homes set in an attractive landscaped environment, including extensive green spaces. Given the proximity to Edinburgh and excellent transport networks, we anticipate high demand from buyers.
“Smith Scott Mullan is behind some of Scotland’s multi award-winning developments for older people and our plans for Longniddry will deliver much-needed quality new homes at affordable rent for those who qualify.”
The approved masterplan, by Taylor Architecture and Urbanism, for a sustainable development of a total of 450 new homes at Longniddry South has been developed by landowner Wemyss and March Estates in partnership with master developer and strategic land promoters Socially Conscious Capital.
The existing local community has helped to shape plans for the new development, which also includes plans for commercial use of the existing farm steading on the site, through extensive engagement processes undertaken by The Prince’s Foundation, which began in 2012.
Rock Feilding-Mellen, a director of Socially Conscious Capital, said: “We are thrilled that Zero C can now start building these much needed new homes and turning our carefully designed master plan and design code into a beautiful 21st century extension to Longniddry. We trust that the local residents and members of the wider community who contributed throughout the many consultations will feel that their time and effort has paid off when they finally get to see the results.”