A plan for a new nursing home in the grounds of Cockenzie House was narrowly turned down by East Lothian Council’s planning committee.
Seven councillors were against the new three storey development on the Edinburgh Road site and six voted in favour.
The planning application, submitted by James McDonald, was recommended for refusal by council planning officials because it would “dominate and compete” with Cockenzie house, an ‘A’ listed building of national importance, and harm its setting.
Iain McFarlane, development management manager, said: “The house and its grounds are designated in Historic Scotland’s National Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, and the site is within the Cockenzie and Port Seton Conservation Area. Historic Scotland have indicated that if the proposed nursing home was granted approval, the designation may be removed.”
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