Planning application for 1000 new homes

A planning application for a mixed use development of up to 1,000 new homes at Goshen Farm has been submitted to East Lothian Council and this is now open for comment at the following link – http://pa.eastlothian.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=LOQCSUGN07R00

The proposed development could have a massive detrimental effect on Musselburgh and the surrounding area leading to increased traffic pollution and congestion. Furthermore, if the Goshen development receives planning permission the following will be lost:
– A huge section of already diminishing Greenbelt land.
– Some of the best Grade 1 agricultural land in Scotland.
– Biodiversity.
– A wildlife corridor which allows migratory birds to reach the Lagoons.
– A section of the historic Pinkie Battlefield site.

To try to stop the proposed development it would be very helpful if as many people as possible objected to the development.

As well as commenting on East Lothian Council’s website you can also sign a petion objecting to the development – https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-goshen-green-belt.

You can also add your comments to this post, as the Inveresk Village Society may submit an objection on behalf of the community and it would be great to hear your opinions.

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One thought on “Planning application for 1000 new homes

  1. I strongly object to the application to develop the land at Goshen Farm, Musselburgh, East Lothian, on the following grounds:
    1. The land is Greenbelt and designated for Agricultural use.

    2. The traffic in Musselburgh is already chaotic. Musselburgh could not cope with the additional traffic created by commuters, businesses and school runs on a development of this size. There is already the likelihood of unacceptable pressure on the roads infrastructure due to the Almond Park development on Pinkie Road and further developments presently ongoing or that have been granted planning permission in the local area. There does not appear to be any proposal within East Lothian Council’s Local Development plan to provide relief from the present traffic congestion in Musselburgh High Street, North High Street, Musselburgh and Dalrymple Loan, Musselburgh.
    3. Local Grammar schools have inadequate capacity to service such a development. There is already the likelihood of unacceptable pressure on secondary education in Musselburgh, Tranent & Prestonpans due to the Almond Park development on Pinkie Road and further developments presently ongoing or that have already been granted planning permission in the local area. There does not appear to be any proposal within East Lothian Council’s Local development plan to provide an additional secondary school. Nor does East Lothian Council appear have the funds or access to such funds to build an additional secondary school.

    4. Musselburgh, Wallyford, Tranent & Prestonpans have inadequate medical facilities to maintain a reasonable level of health care for the proposed increase in population that would be created by this development. Services are already stretched to the limit.

    5. Goshen is a wildlife corridor which facilitates migratory birds & deer to reach the Lagoons. The lagoons are an important recreational, tourism and educational resource.

    6. The application proposes to include the use of a section of the historic Pinkie Battlefield site. This is part of the Scottish people’s heritage and should be preserved.

    7. There is inadequate parking at Wallyford train station for additional commuters on such a scale.

    East Lothian Council should refuse this application as it is detrimental to the welfare, services & facilities of local residents. Yours sincerely Eve Dickinson

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