The Cockenzie Community Forum is a partnership between East Lothian Council and local stakeholders to develop the Masterplan for the former Cockenzie Power Station site.

It monitors and review actions to develop a clear vision for the site and to deliver economic activity based on a common understanding of opportunities.

The forum comprises representatives from Cockenzie & Port Seton, Prestonpans and Longniddry Community Councils, the Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust and other local organisations. Meetings are attended by East Lothian Council officers and now the local Elected Members and Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism. 

At its August meeting, officers provided an update on a number of issues:

RedRock planning application

A planning application for the RedRock converter station has been called in by Scottish Ministers for determination. The meeting heard that the council had submitted its Statement of Case and understood that the Reporter would now proceed to prepare a report with recommendation to Ministers. The Statement of Case explains that the council, as landowner, objects to the location rather than principle of the development. The Reporter has now called a hearing session for 2 October where she will hear directly from the applicant, the council, Cockenzie and Port Seton and Prestonpans Community Councils.

Site conditions

The council continues to monitor the site with a focus on security.

Community engagement event

There was a discussion about organising a community engagement event following the masterplan process. A sub group will be set up to look at the options for this.

Engagement with interested parties

The meeting heard about engagement with officials from UK and Scottish Governments and discussed potential future uses for the site and reports of potential commercial interest.

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2018