East Lothian Council and Queen Margaret University are delivering a Food and Drink Innovation Hub, which is Phase One of a wider Edinburgh Innovation Park on land located adjacent to the Queen Margaret University campus.


ELC and QMU have successfully secured  funding for the Food and Drink Innovation Hub from the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. The Food and Drink Innovation Hub will promote the ambitions of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal by promoting inclusive growth and supporting the creation of a significant number of new jobs. The Food and Drink Innovation will drive company growth, supporting and developing existing businesses and creating sustainable new businesses to access a global market. There are opportunities to deliver skills programmes which will strengthen the county’s workforce and ensure that East Lothian is well positioned to build strong, sustainable economic growth.


The wider area ( of 116.5 hectares)  was granted outline planning permission in March 2019, including  the delivery of  a grade-separated junction providing easier access to and from the Musselburgh bypass,  the creation of pedestrian and cycle routes, including the council’s Segregated Active Travel Corridor, the delivery of  1500 homes, a primary school, business space, community facilities, public parks and playing fields.


An application by Persimmon Homes for detailed planning permission for 370 houses and 103 flats on part of the site was also granted in March 2019 and this development has commenced.