East Lothian Council’s Planning Committee met remotely on Tuesday 22 August and considered matters relating to three applications previously granted planning permission.

An application for 78 houses, a new golf clubhouse and facilities including a driving range, short course, practice area and associated works at Dunbar Golf Club was brought back to Planning Committee to be reassessed following the adoption of National Planning Framework (NPF4) by Scottish Ministers in February 2023. The application, from Dunbar Golf Club and Cala Management Ltd, had previously been approved at committee on 4 October 2022.

A vote of seven to two meant that members approved the application, subject to the successful conclusion of a Section 75 agreement which sets out financial contributions towards education, transport improvements, a sports pitch and changing facilities and the control of the phasing of the development. It was further approved that permission should be granted subject to the conditions previously agreed, as well as an additional condition that public artwork be agreed and provided by the developer.

Committee members then unanimously approved matters relating to onshore infrastructure at the former Cockenzie Power Station site, in connection with the Seagreen offshore windfarm. Permission in principle was granted in August 2021 for a substation on the land and members today approved the detail of the four buildings, external electrical equipment, the construction compound, site access and landscaping.

Members also unanimously approved a change to plans for new homes south of Davids Way, part of the wider Letham Mains development site in Haddington. Permission granted today means the developer, Mctaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd, can go ahead with 49 houses and four flats on the site – an increase of seven homes on what was originally approved. Members heard that the developer had built less homes on another part of the site so the increase on this site would offset that. No objections were received to the plans.

The relevant application numbers are: Dunbar, 21/00997/PM; Cockenzie, 22/01416/AMM and 21/00997/PM; and Haddington 22/01333/PM.

Published: Tuesday, 22nd August 2023