Planning the future of the former Cockenzie Power Station site has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of consultants to carry out a masterplanning exercise.

Peter Brett Associates (PBA) have been appointed by East Lothian Council to lead a multi-disciplinary team assisting the council in work with local communities and external stakeholders to develop a strategic masterplan for the site and surrounding land.

[We] look forward to working with [Peter Brett Associates] as they bring forward options in developing a shared vision for this key site which is such an important part of the economic and social fabric of East Lothian

East Lothian Council Leader, Councillor Willie Innes

The masterplan process will seek to create a vision for the future redevelopment of the area, with a wide range of future opportunities set to be explored. The aim will be to identify what options may deliver the greatest economic and social impact and create the environment and opportunities that support a flourishing economy and help to build a prosperous, safe and sustainable location. Proposals will be developed and tested with the community and other key stakeholders.

Stefano Smith, PBA Director of Planning, and Cockenzie Project Lead, said:

“The aim of the masterplan is to create a shared vision for the future redevelopment of the site and develop the optimum solution that extends opportunity, secures partnership investment and offers a sustainable and cost effective solution to the area regeneration that recognises that there are a number of ways in which this could be achieved. Collaboration and partnership working will be the watch words of this significantly important masterplan in East Lothian.”

The masterplan will provide a framework for the future redevelopment of the Cockenzie Power Station site in line with the latest East Lothian Local Development Plan, which is currently going through the approval process before being ratified by Scottish Ministers.

East Lothian Council Leader, Councillor Willie Innes, said:

“We are delighted to have appointed such a strong team after a rigorous selection process and look forward to working with them as they bring forward options in developing a shared vision for this key site which is such an important part of the economic and social fabric of East Lothian.”

Dougie McDonald, PBA Partner, commented:

“PBA is delighted to have been selected to support East Lothian Council in this important masterplan. We believe that our approach to masterplanning visioning - grounded in infrastructure awareness, economic soundness and design creativity with innovative stakeholder and public engagement - will add real value to the process.”

PBA has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of experienced consultants to produce the Cockenzie Masterplan, comprising: PBA – development planning and economics, transport planning, infrastructure engineering and Strategic Environmental Assessment ; Duncan Whatmore Urban Design & Architecture – design and masterplanning; Kevin Murray Associates – public engagement and stakeholder management; Energised Environments – environment, ecology and biodiversity; and Gardiner & Theobald – cost planning.

The masterplanning process is now underway and is expected to take around six months to complete.

The first community drop in consultation sessions are – Thursday 3 November at Cockenzie Primary School 7-9pm; Saturday 5 November 10am-2pm in Prestonpans Town Hall and Wednesday 9 November 2-6pm in the Port Seton Centre.

Published: Wednesday, 26th October 2016