A plan for 80 new houses at Fenton Barns near Drem was thrown out at a full meeting of East Lothian Council on Tuesday.
But members were divided - with 11 voting in favour of planners’ advice to refuse permission, nine against and one absention.
D C Watson & Sons, who own most of the former airfield site, had highlighted the need for the residential development to fund a new £6 million replacement sewage system, stressing that this would protect the 500 jobs provided by businesses in the area. The present scheme, they argued, was inadequate, resulting in the pollution of the nearby Peffer Burn.
Ian McFarlane, acting development management manager, said a new aspect of the plan was the provision of employment land but this and the housing were “significantly contrary” to the Development Plan.
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