Iain Gray MSP has welcomed East Lothian Council’s bid to get the Scottish Government to extend the National Development status given to the former Cockenzie Power Station site in its National Planning Framework (NPF3) document to a wider area in its planned revised framework (NPF4) which is under review.
The extension of National Development status would support plans for the creation of a ClimatEvolution Zone covering Blindwells and surrounding communities which could transform the area over the next 30 years through innovative approaches to development.
Welcoming the bid for National Development status, Iain Gray MSP said:
“The Cockenzie and Blindwells sites are adjacent to one another and it has always been inevitable that their development will be closely linked, so it makes sense to seek to extend National Development status to Blindwells.
“The whole area offers unique potential to transform these former industrial sites into places where people can live and work in a sustainable way, with all the infrastructure and amenities the new communities will need. That would be preferable to just incrementally increasing the size of our existing towns and villages with all the strain that places on local services.
“Given the importance of these sites to East Lothian’s future prosperity, I hope that Ministers will look favourably on the Council’s proposal and support its vision for the wider area.”
A public consultation on the vision has been launched by the council and breaks the plans down into different themes from environment to travel.
The council consultation can be found at eastlothianconsultations.co.uk