Work starts on new Blindwells housing development

WORK is underway to construct 144 new homes at Blindwells in East Lothian.

Housebuilder Bellway has started on the groundworks for its Prince’s Gate development, which will comprise a mix of three, four and five-bedroom properties, all featuring solar panels.

Blindwells has outline planning permission for 1,600 homes. Developer Hargreaves Land’s proposals also include new education facilities, a healthcare hub, shops and a range of other services.

Iain Slater, development and estates director at Hargreaves Land, said, “Over the past six years significant investment has been made in order to facilitate new residential development at Blindwells, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome the start of Prince’s Gate. We have experienced a strong level of interest from housebuilders since we started marketing the scheme last year, which has led to us making excellent progress on the residential element of Blindwells.

“In the coming weeks we will be launching the marketing of the next residential plot and announcing the start of the next phase of residential development, so we have a lot to look forward to, despite the challenges that the pandemic has presented.”

In recent weeks Hargreaves Land has exchanged a conditional sale contract with Persimmon for a 12.9-acre plot, where there is capacity for a further 196 homes including 30 designated as affordable. The sale is conditional upon receipt of detailed planning permission and the completion of infrastructure works.