Proposed East Lothian development could create 600 construction and supply chain jobs

PERSIMMON Homes has submitted a planning application for the build of 197 new homes at Blindwells on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

If approved, it would mean that the firm is the third housebuilder on site in 2021 – with Persimmon anticipating construction to commence in latter part of the year, potentially creating up to 600 construction and supply chain jobs.

The proposals, which incorporate proposals for a mix of 167 two, three and four-bedroomed two-storey houses, include provision for the development of 30 affordable properties on the site.

Earlier this year Bellway commenced the development of their Prince’s Gate scheme at Blindwells and Cruden is making progress on the construction of 60 affordable homes on behalf of East Lothian Council.

Redevelopment of the 390-acre former open cast mine site, which in time will include a new primary school and town centre amenities, is seen as a ‘much-needed’ boost for East Lothian’s housing stock, particularly the availability of more affordable properties, and comes as Scotland continues to suffer a national housing shortfall.

The developer behind the Blindwells project, Hargreaves Land, will be installing 10 electric vehicle charge points by Spring 2022 to accommodate the growing number of people owning electric cars.

Bruce Lindsay, development director at Hargreaves Land, said, “We are committed to creating a development that meets the needs of the local community and delivers exceptional high-quality homes for East Lothian, offering a wide choice of properties for people to live in. As developers, we want to see the creation of imaginative and rewarding residential developments that leave a long-lasting legacy and create a strong sense of community.”

A Persimmon Homes’ East Scotland spokesperson said, “Our continued investment in East Lothian underpins our commitment to the creation of high-quality new homes that meet the needs of the housing market. We hope to secure planning consent in the autumn and start on site shortly thereafter.”