DEVELOPERS behind four major housing developments across the county will show their plans to the public for this first time next week.

Proposals for land in Tranent, Dirleton, Aberlady and Whitecraig – totalling potentially more than 450 houses – will come under public scrutiny at events from Tuesday through to next Friday.

More than 10,000 homes are expected to be built in East Lothian by 2024.

However, concerns have repeatedly been raised by communities over the impact additional housing will have on the county’s infrastructure.

Fears that schools and doctors’ surgeries will be unable to cope – as well as the potential of thousands more vehicles on the county’s roads – have been raised at East Lothian Council, community council and other community meetings.

Councillor Norman Hampshire, the local authority’s spokesman for housing and the environment, along with Councillor Willie Innes, the council leader, recently met with Alex Neil MSP, cabinet secretary for social justice, communities and pensioners’ rights, to discuss the challenges facing the county if it is to deliver planned growth effectively.

Mr Hampshire, who is chairman of the local authority’s planning committee, stressed he could not discuss the merits of any application but encouraged people to go along and have their say about the applications.

He said: “The purpose of these meetings is to outline what developers are proposing and give the public the opportunity to express to the applicant what their concerns are about the application – not just about the site but the whole community.”

On Tuesday, Cruden Homes (East) Ltd will reveal its proposals for potentially 100 homes on land to the west of Aberlady’s Kirk Road.

An exhibition takes place at Kirk Stables between 2pm and 8pm.

The following day, an exhibition will be held in Tranent’s Loch Centre from 2pm to 8pm.

Members of the public can come and have a look at BDW Trading Ltd and Co-operative Group Ltd’s proposals for land to the north of the town’s Haddington Road at Kingslaw.

The mixed use development could see business opportunities on the site, as well as potentially 125 homes.

Wallace Land Investment and Management will display its proposals for Whitecraig in the village’s Mercat Grill.

The exhibition, which takes place on April 14 between 3pm and 7pm, will look at plans for a residential development on a 14.5ha site to the north east of Cowpits Road, which could feature about 200 homes.

The following day in Dirleton, Muir Homes Ltd will show its plans for land to the north of Foreshot Terrace. The exhibition takes place in The Open Arms from 2pm to 8pm.