Letham Holdings update
Along with our development partners, Mactaggart & Mickel, we have secured detailed planning permission from East Lothian Council for a residential development of 274 new homes on land at Letham Holdings in Haddington. The approved plans include 25% (69) affordable homes and areas of open space which will provide an equipped play area as well as a 7-a-side pitch.
There is also provision for roads and drainage infrastructure, off-site road improvements which includes improved signage, the creation of bus stops, and the provision of a cycle path along the frontage of the development alongside Pencaitland Road. The planned open space to the south west of the development, combined with the planned upgrades to Pencaitland Road aim to create a new gateway to Haddington from the west.
The land outlined for this development was allocated in the adopted 2018 Local Development Plan, and it has been designed to integrate with the wider masterplan of the current Letham Mains development, as well as providing a natural extension to the existing development of new homes that are currently for sale.
Pauline Mills, Land & Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland adds: “We are delighted to have secured a detailed planning consent for land at Letham Holdings, which allows us to plan the delivery of the next phase of the Letham Mains masterplan vision. Work at Letham Holdings is scheduled to begin in 2022.”
East Lothian social enterprise group 'Lil' receives funding boost from Taylor Wimpey
As part of its ongoing commitment to working in partnership with local communities, Taylor Wimpey East Scotland donated £250 to the Lower Impact Living CIC (Lil) crowdfunding project in Haddington, which will allow the housebuilder to sponsor a Lil Litter Pick community event in April 2021.
Lil is a community social enterprise based in East Lothian that is passionate about making Lower Impact Living easy. They aim to make changes for the benefit of the planet and people through fun events, advice and education as well as providing access to a range of eco-friendly products. So far Lil has stopped over 1 million pieces of plastic from polluting the world.
Commenting on the support it has received from Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, Louise Hastie, Director of Lil – Lower Impact Living CIC, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey. We’re excited to work with them and the community at Letham Mains as we all take steps towards Lower Impact Living. Picking up litter locally is a fun, community event, where new residents can meet and safely work with other Haddington residents to make our shared area even more beautiful. Litter picking also helps us realise that there is no “away”. Items might have been deliberately littered, and they might have blown out of bins and recycling. We hope this event will help bring a bright start for a brighter 2021.”
Being able to work with local groups and charities is important to us - even more so in these challenging times as Kirsty McGill, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey East Scotland adds: “We are delighted to be able to support this innovative and hardworking social enterprise in Haddington. Our sponsorship will create a community litter-pick event at our Letham Mains development in Haddington. Given current restrictions on events and gatherings, this is likely to take place in April next year, and it will give our new and growing community the opportunity to actively contribute to reducing waste that often finds its way to landfill.
“The work we do is a lot more than just building high-quality homes. Being able to work with local businesses and organisations that surround our developments, like Lil, means a great deal to us and it’s great to know that we are helping to make a difference to the lives of people in local communities.”
Taylor Wimpey’s donation to Lower Impact Living CIC (Lil) is one of the many contributions being made by the housebuilder towards community facilities and infrastructure in the wider area.
Children at Two Local Nurseries celebrate our World Book Day donation
Children at Pear Tree Nursery West Road and Meadowpark will soon be able to enjoy reading a collection of new books thanks to our donation of £250 and 100 copies of our own ‘How we build your new home with Millie Mortar and Handy Andy’ to the nursery groups in Haddington to mark World Book Day, which took place last week on Thursday 7th March.
Now in its 22nd year, World Book Day is a celebration of reading and aims to encourage children and young adults to come together to explore the pleasure of books. Isobel Cameron, representing both nurseries, said: “Reading is such an important life skill, which is something that we encourage all of our children to do more of. Having new books to explore helps to keep up an enthusiasm for reading and we would like to thank Taylor Wimpey for their kind donation. We can’t wait to add to our library and share new stories with each other.”
Kirsty McGill, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, said: “Books are a fantastic way for children to learn about the world around them and to feed their imaginations. We were delighted to offer a donation to both Pear Tree and Meadowpark nurseries to help them to celebrate World Book Day, and we hope that the new books will be enjoyed for years to come.”
The donation of £250 and 100 copies of our own fun and informative book ‘How we build your new home with Millie Mortar and Handy Andy’ to Pear Tree and Meadowpark nurseries is one of many ways in which we are supporting the local communities in which we build.
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Local hockey team scores sponsorship in Haddington
We have shown our support for local community hockey in Haddington by providing the strip sponsorship for one of the new teams at Knox Academy’s School of Hockey.
The School of Hockey works in collaboration with the newly formed Haddington Hockey to realise their shared vision to become a family friendly club at the heart of the community. The link with Knox Academy School of Hockey provides an opportunity to focus on the transition from youth to adult hockey when participation levels often fall. The School of Hockey aims to attract more young people into the sport and provide a pathway to the senior hockey teams playing locally.
Haddington Hockey Co-ordinator, and school coach, Suzanne Laing said: “We’re thrilled to have received this support from Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, it’s great to see them getting involved in projects like ours in the local community. We are in the process of expanding the club and this donation has helped us to provide our new Junior teams with striking new professional strips and much-needed equipment.