CALA amends plans for Dirleton project voiced by Scottish PR experts

by Chris Fairbairn

Friday, October 28th, 2016

CALA Homes is to resubmit amended plans for a proposed development in the East Lothian village of Dirleton.

Following feedback from Historic Environment Scotland, various departments within East Lothian Council and local residents, CALA is currently revising plans to ensure that the development complements the historic village and the design is in keeping with its features.

Included in the resubmission will be a partial height reduction as well as additional planting so that the setting of the village’s historic castle is maximised.

Some small design changes have also been included, with the bespoke development reflecting a natural expansion to the historic village.

The site is the only proposed development in Dirleton included in the recently approved East Lothian local development plan and subject to the full planning process at a local level.

Andrew Statham, Land Buyer with CALA Homes (East), said: “Having listened intently to Historic Environment Scotland and the people of Dirleton we have taken the decision to amend our plans, reflecting their concerns and wishes.

“We are delighted to be making further progress with a unique development that not only provides high quality family housing but provides it in a way that matches its surroundings and makes the most of the village’s varied features.”

The site, which is located to the south of Dirleton, is identified by East Lothian Council’s Local Development Plan and will feature purposely designed outward looking 1.5 storey housing.

An second puplic consultation event is set to take place in mid November, where CALA will present and discuss the new plans with the local community.

Ranging from two to five bedroom detached and semi-detached properties, the development will include ten affordable homes to provide a range of living options.

It is over 10 years since CALA last developed within the village, with a commitment to providing a variety of product that can meet local demand.

Alan Stewart, Partner at JTP Architects who designed the development, said: “The proposed housing takes design cues from local buildings. Set within a landscape edge incorporating open space and tree planting, we have ensured that the setting of Dirleton Castle is retained.

“We have also tried to minimise the impact upon site neighbours, by exceeding set-back distances and taking vehicular access from Station Road.”

Subject to securing planning permission, CALA hope to be in a position to commence development in summer 2017.

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Chris Fairbairn of Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh

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Chris Fairbairn is an Account Director with award-winning public relations agency Holyrood PR. He is part of an expert PR team delivering PR services to a wide range of clients from headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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