A controversial plan for a new house on land next to the Post Office in Humbie was approved by East Lothian’s planning committee on Tuesday.
The proposal attracted a wave of opposition from the local community including Humbie, East and West Saltoun and Bolton Community Council and a petition with 67 signatures. Councillors heard that planning permission in principle was granted for the erection of a house on the land in 2008.
Planning officials recommended that the go-ahead be given to the new plan submitted by Alex Clowes.
The community council felt development of the site would compromise the future and viability of the village’s only commercial hub as the area was used for parking by customers of the post office/shop.
This, it argued, was a facility critical to sustaining Humbie as a vigorous and thriving community.
Only Councillor David Berry voted against the plan.