Newsletter June 2017
Over the past few months Clarendon has held several planning consultations for a variety of different sites across Midlothian and East Lothian, below is a brief summary.
- East Linton
On 13 December, a public consultation was held in East Linton to promote a 9ha site on the border of the town. This was attended by over 125 people.
On 24 January, a public consultation was held at Gorebridge Library to promote a site of approximately 130 – 160 new homes adjacent to St Andrews RC Primary School. The event was attended by six people, most of whom were happy to discuss with Clarendon their thoughts and raise some concerns regarding the proposed development.
On 15 February, a public consultation was held in Haddington which promoted a site intending to build approximately 480 new homes that will help East Lothian meet their housing needs. The event was attended by approximately 125 people. Clarendon have plans for a second event in the coming months which will aim to further the discussion started at the first consultation.
On 28 February, a public consultation for a site at the Gladsmuir Junction was organised that sought to gain planning permission for a services station on land that currently is a karting track. The event had 19 visitors and the response was overwhelmingly positive with councillors, community council leaders and members of the public excited about creating 300+ jobs. The East Lothian Courier wrote about the consultation at the beginning of March.
On 1 June, a public consultation for a site in North Mayfield off Conifer Road was organised that sought to gain planning permission in principle for a residential development with associated works. The Community Council arrived prior to the event to discuss how contributions could be used to help improve Mayfield as a town. In all, 20 people attended the consultation with a good range of views expressed.
(East Linton, 2016)
The Land Registration (Scotland) Act 2012 came into effect on 8 December 2014. This set out a 10 year target for all land in Scotland to be registered in the Land Register of Scotland with all public land to be added by 2019. Clarendon has been working closely with Registers of Scotland to assist land and property owners in having their land registered through the voluntary registration process and this is a key service which Clarendon can now offer.
Working in line with Homes for Scotland among other organisations, Clarendon has submitted representations that will seek to improve the planning system.
Scottish Rural Awards
On 16 March, Clarendon once again sponsored and attended the Scottish Rural Awards. It was a wonderful night with our own Patricia Watson presenting the award for Business Diversification.
- Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference
Clarendon were present at the 2017 Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference on 30 May. We were delighted to be sponsoring the Rural Housing Award at the Helping it Happen Awards Dinner that evening.
The Gairlioch Regeneration received a Highly Commended award and Kincardine Estate was nominated however the winner was Moray Estates.
- Royal Highland Show & Scottish Game Fair
Clarendon are scheduled to have stands at both the Royal Highland Show (22nd - 25th June) and the Scottish Game Fair (1st -2nd July) this coming summer. Keep an eye out for more information.
In the last Quarter Patrica Watson, whom joined Clarendon in September 2015 from the City of Edinburgh Council, was promoted to Senior Associate in recognition of her commitment to business development utilising her planning expertise straddling both urban and rural affairs