Two applications to develop single houses in Musselburgh and Ormiston were refused at a planning committee meeting today.
The refusals were in line with officers’ recommendations.
Epic Property Developments Ltd had applied for permission to alter a building to the rear of 17-18 Carlyle Place, Musselburgh, to form a single three-bedroom house with associated works. Planning officers recommended refusal of the application based on the lack of parking available in an already congested area. Following representation from the applicant and discussions relating to existing planning policy, councillors voted to uphold officers’ recommendations and refuse permission.
Committee also considered an application to develop a house, double garage and associated works on ground adjacent to a house on the outskirts of Ormiston. The applicants sought permission for the new build property to allow family to live beside them to help with long-term care needs. However the proposed development runs contrary to the council’s policies to protect against development in the countryside (DC01 and DC04).
While having great sympathy with the applicants and their circumstances, the majority of committee members were unable to support this departure from established planning policy. The applicants have been advised of other options available to them, including building in garden ground or extending their existing property, which would be suitable.