CampaignMake Your Voice Heard on Castleton Appeal

December 11, 2020

The proposal to build a 152-home retirement village at Castleton Farm has been appealed by developer Goldcrest Communities Ltd to the Scottish Government despite being unanimously rejected by your locally-elected representatives.

Councillor Craig Hoy, your Holyrood candidate for next year’s election, and North Berwick Ward Councillor Jeremy Findlay have joined forces to call on the Scottish Government to reject the appeal. Craig and Jeremy are encouraging those opposed to the development to put pressure on the Scottish Government – by email or by letter – asking them to uphold the original planning decision.

Craig says: “The clock is ticking on time to object and you have just days to make your voice heard. If you are against this controversial proposal then let the Scottish Reporter know.”

The deadline for objections to be lodged by members of the public is December 31.

To object by email send your letter of objection to:
Case Reference:  PPA-210-2086



The plan for the retirement village was rejected unanimously by East Lothian Council following significant local opposition. The Council said it would be “grossly out of character”, would harm the coastal plain and swallow up much needed prime agricultural land.

Concerns were also raised about the impact on local health and social care services.

Craig and Jeremy are strongly opposed to the development and encourage you to write to the Scottish Government to ensure the views of residents are heard loud and clear by the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division, which will appoint a Reporter to decide on the appeal on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

Craig warns the Scottish Government Reporter must not “ride roughshod” over local views. He says: “The council clearly and correctly rejected the Castleton Farm plan for good reasons. We hope the Scottish Reporter will respect local views.”

Jeremy adds: “Local residents and East Lothian Council have made their views on the Castleton retirement village very clear and the decision to reject the application reflected this. It would be outrageous if the Scottish Government overturned the decision of our locally elected representatives.”

To object by post send your letter of objection to:

Karen Cowie,
the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division,
4 The Courtyard, Callendar Business Park,
Falkirk, FK1 1XR.
Case Reference:  PPA-210-2086
For the latest on this case from the DPEA visit their website.

Craig Hoy is standing up for North Berwick residents:


Published by Sarah Russell on behalf East Lothian Conservative and Unionist Association, 4 Church Street, Haddington EH41 3EX