News Cala Homes Plan Build 36 Bespoke Homes Scottish Village

For the first time in more than a decade, CALA Homes is planning to build a development of almost 40 bespoke homes in the Scottish village of Dirleton.

Following talks with local residents and the Dirleton Village Association, the developer has submitted plans for 36 homes in the popular East Lothian village.

Designed by the internationally-renowned JTP architects, the scheme will be designed in keeping with its village setting with properties ranging from three to five bedrooms, including a mix of semi-detached and detached properties. It will also include 10 two and three-bedroomed affordable homes.

Located to the south of Dirleton, on land identified for housing in East Lothian Council’s Proposed Local Development Plan, a key element of the design is the outward looking nature of the design of the 1.5 storey housing, which have been purposely designed for the site.

Andrew Statham, land buyer with CALA Homes (East), said: “We are delighted to be progressing with this exciting development that will complement Dirleton’s surrounds, with a modern design interpretation providing quality family housing.

“It is over 10 years since CALA last developed within the village, and on this occasion we have chosen to provide a variety of product, that is generally smaller and can meet local demand.”

Alan Stewart, partner at JTP Architects, said: “With Dirleton being a conservation village, it is important that design is seen to evolve from the local context.

“The proposed housing takes design cues from local buildings, whilst we have repeated the outward looking southern edge to the village. Set within a landscape edge incorporating open space and tree planting, we have ensured that the setting of Dirleton Castle is retained.

“We have also tried to minimise the impact upon site neighbours, by exceeding set-back distances and taking vehicular access from Station Road.”

Subject to planning permission, CALA hope to start development in early 2017.

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