Consultants advising East Lothian Council on preparation of a Master Plan for the former Cockenzie Power Station site have successfully completed the first stage of the exercise on time.
This part of the work involved gathering ideas from as wide a range of sources as possible. The results of that consultation, along with technical information, will then be used to inform options which the council hopes can be refined through consultation to reach a shared vision for the future of the site.
Stage One involved a comprehensive programme of consultation. Workshops were held with both local and national stakeholders. A series of community drop-in sessions were held in Cockenzie, Prestonpans and Port Seton as well as a schools workshop in Preston Lodge High School. Exhibition material inviting public comment was on display in Prestonpans and Longniddry libraries.
In all, more than 200 people attended the community drop- in sessions and over 100 contributed their views in writing. A large scale floor map enabled participants to orientate themselves with the site and to highlight things they either liked or would wish to change. All views expressed were considered carefully and no suggestion was considered off limits.
Work on Stage Two will begin in the new year. This will draw on the ideas and themes which have emerged to create alternative possible scenarios and options for the future of the site. The potential impacts of different options will be evaluated through further consultation in early February. The scale of the site is such that it is likely that a number of possible uses can be considered in combination without compromising the overall quality of the environment.
In March, the consultants will produce their final report, setting out a vision for the site with the aim of informing future planning policy.
East Lothian Council Leader Willie Innes said:
“I am delighted that the community has responded so wholeheartedly to this initiative. We are grateful to the many people who have taken time and trouble to share their views and we look forward to a visionary plan which will be a catalyst for the regeneration of this key site and of the surrounding area.”