The Scottish Seabird Centre have submitted plans for a significant extension to the existing buildings which will include adding additional storeys to the sun-lounge.  ELYC have asked for information regarding the impact of the development work on club access and activities and upon the structural integrity of the harbour, clubhouse and sun-lounge. Regrettably, we have not had any satisfactory reply to allay our concerns.

ELYC will be objecting to the plans on the following grounds:

  • 1.      We have concerns about the impact of development activities on access to the dinghy park and sun-lounge store. This could affect the viability of the club during the construction works.
  • 2.      We have concerns on the impact to adjacent building alterations on the environment of our listed clubhouse building
  • 3.      We have concerns about the impact of construction work and traffic on the integrity of the harbour, clubhouse and sunlounge buildings.
  • 4.      We have concerns on the impact of increased footfall to the harbour area on club access and activities
  • 5.      We have concerns about the effects of increase traffic during construction and following construction on safety and club activities.

Whilst some of these are amenity concerns that are readily tied to planning policy, it is hoped that the planning committee will appreciate the prejudicial impact development will have on our activities (which is not the same as objecting to a business competitor). There are however many reasons the proposal is contrary to the adopted and proposed planning policy in East Lothian. These include:

  • ·         The development causes an unacceptable impact on the setting of a listed buildings, namely the ELYC building and the Harbour itself.
  • ·         The development causes an unacceptable impact on the setting of a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the St Andrews Old Kirk ruins.
  • ·         The development proposes a building that does not comply with the standards required of development within a conservation area, notably in terms of height, mass, proportions and positioning. Furthermore it critically removes historic public space from the conservation area.
  • ·         The new building would cause significant loss of amenity or impact on the landscape setting” in over developing Anchor Green, contrary to Policy C3 of the current local plan.
  • ·         The development of the NMC, to the detriment of other harbour users, is contrary to policy EMP2: Operational Harbours of the Proposed Local Development Plan, which specifically states that “Within harbour areas the Council will give preference to uses that relate to fishing or other industry connected with the harbour. The Council will consider other uses provided they do not prejudice these uses.”

In addition to our club objection, the volume of individual objections will influence the planning committee. Whilst objections can note specific concerns of the objector, it is important they also include at least one material planning objection (as noted above).

We would encourage all members who have concerns about this development to object individually with a degree of urgency. Objections must be lodged by Midnight on Friday 23rd June. This can most easily be done by simply emailing environment@eastlothian.gov.uk quoting application number 17/00434/P

Full plans can be found here

https://pa.eastlothian.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OQGA5LGN07V00

We note that a website has also been established by North Berwick Harbour Trust Association where further advice, comment and news on the application. This can be found athttp://savetheharbour.co.uk.



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