It seems I have incurred the wrath of the local editor who finds it “difficult to know what to make of my incredible comments” on the proposed 750-house development at Letham, west of Haddington. An article on page 6 makes my reservations clear; adding up to 1,600 people to Haddington’s 8,851 residents is not the issue.
My issue is that the furthest part will be over 2km from the Town House and, given developer-dictated housing mixes seen across the county, these will be mostly two-vehicle family homes. Easy road access to the A1 at the Oak Tree and worsening congestion in (as well as distance to) the town will discourage use of the centre.
This repeats mistakes at Spott Road (Dunbar) and Windygoul (Tranent), where we built nice homes but not communities. East Lothian still boasts lively, resilient communities but the sheer scale of tract homes that developers love to build make them ever-harder to digest if planners ignore making town centres easily accessible. Section 4 (Vision) of ELC’s Development Framework for Letham fails to even mention that vital goal.