Plans submitted for homes at former Scottish Fire and Rescue Service College in Gullane

Plans for the former fire college in Gullane are now with East Lothian Council

Plans for the former fire college in Gullane are now with East Lothian Council

Detailed plans for the redevelopment of Gullane’s former fire college are now with East Lothian Council.

The building, off Main Street, has sat empty since the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service closed the doors at the end of March 2015.

Since then, CALA Management Ltd has drawn up proposals for 125 homes, including the sensitive restoration of the landmark Henderson House.

The site will include 31 affordable homes, delivered through a registered social landlord (RSL).

Planning permission in principle was given for the site in April last year, with a public exhibition held in Henderson House late last year.

Now, the latest set of proposals for 125 homes will be considered by the planning department.

Craig Lynes, land director at CALA Homes (East), said: “We received a great deal of interest in the development at the exhibition, with the majority of the feedback positively acknowledging the preservation of Henderson House.

“The plans represent a great opportunity to make the most of the striking and much-loved local building – while developing the rest of the site into a wide range of bespoke, high-quality housing.

“Having such a wide range of homes also ensures opportunities for house-hunters throughout the market, including rare downsizing opportunities for those already living in Gullane.”

CALA Homes was confirmed as the preferred developer in November 2016 and is hoping to begin work on the site in a matter of months.

Jeremy Findlay, chairman of the village’s community council, was pleased to see plans moving forward for the site.

CALA are also looking at developing two other sites in the village, which have not met with such a positive reaction from many members of the community. Fenton Gait East, to the east of the village’s Fentoun Gait, and Saltcoats Field, to the south of Muirfield Gardens, would total almost 200 homes.

Mr Findlay said: “In principle, the village is in favour of the fire college site going ahead.”

The community council chairman was keen to ensure the required affordable housing was contained within the site and noted there was greater backing for the fire college site compared to the other two, which are currently being considered by the council.