Gullane housing development gets the go-ahead

PLANS for a “highly anticipated” brownfield housing development in Gullane have been approved by East Lothian Council.

125 new homes will be built after CALA Homes’ proposals for the former Fire College site were approved unanimously by councillors.

Initially granted Planning Permission in Principle in April 2016, CALA said that central to the proposals is the “sensitive renovation” of Henderson House as well as provision of 31 high-quality affordable homes.

The developer has also pledged to invest £1,843,000 towards local education and other public facilities.

Craig Lynes, land director at CALA Homes (East) said, “Henderson House is a much loved building, although not listed, it is a local landmark and building of importance having played several roles in its history.

“Because of this, at the public consultation and throughout our engagements with the community, we’ve heard from a good number of locals relieved at the plans for the sensitive restoration planned for Henderson House.

“Many Gullane residents have also expressed early interest in securing a move – as this project offers a range of bespoke product to include a large number of downsizing opportunities that have been in very short supply in recent years.

“We look forward to continued engagement with the local residents during the redevelopment of this site in a planned and considered manner, to ensure that inconvenience is kept to a minimum.”

Work to demolish existing buildings will start imminently, with the first homes expected to be complete in late summer 2018.