Please object to this proposal & protect our community. You can do this by writing to this address –
East Lothian Council, John Muir House, Haddington, EH41 3HA
REF: Application Goshen Farm 17/00721/PPM
OR THE ONLINE LINK FOR OBJECTIONS IS HERE. https://pa.eastlothian.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage
You can copy and paste the template letter below.
– Eve Dickinson
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 cannot
cope with additional traffic created by commuters, businesses and school
runs of a development creating a precedent for further housing on the
Goshen site. There is already the likelihood of unacceptable pressure on
the roads infrastructure due to the ongoing developments & those with
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.. Pollution
levels are already dangerously high in Musselburgh.
Despite the huge increase in housing being built and proposed in East
Lothian there is no provision to improve the Edinburgh City Bypass to
relieve the increasing congestion.
Car parking for commuters wishing to use Park and Ride facilities at
Wallyford is at full capacity with commuters parking their vehicles on
nearby roads. Trains are also running at full capacity during peak periods.
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 present
& ongoing developments in the local area. The proposed new secondary
school for Musselburgh East must be completed as a matter of urgency
before any further developments are considered at the Western side of
the East Lothian boundary.
4. Musselburgh, Wallyford, Tranent & Prestonpans have inadequate General
Medical & Dental 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.
The Nearest A &E is located at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Its facilities
are already overstretched. The nearest Minor Injuries unit is at the
Western General Hospital. 45 minutes by car with no direct bus service.
The opportunity to provide A&E or Minor Injuries emergency services at
the New Roodlands Hospital has been refused
5. The nearest large Supermarket serving the proposed development is
Tesco in Musselburgh. Access to Tesco would further increase the
congestion & pollution in Musselburgh.
6. Goshen is a wildlife corridor which facilitates migratory birds, deer
and wildlife to reach the Lagoons. The lagoons are an important
recreational, tourism and educational resource and a designated Nature
7. 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.
8. Goshen farm creates a defined boundary between Wallyford, Prestonpans
and Musselburgh. It protects the identity of the ancient Royal Burgh of
Musselburgh and should be conserved.
East Lothian Council should refuse this application as it is detrimental
to the physical welfare, service provision & facilities of local residents.