WHITEKIRK residents can have their say on proposals to revamp a former golf and leisure club at a public meeting this evening (Friday).

Fledgling plans to breathe new life into the former Whitekirk Golf Country Club, which closed over two years ago, were revealed at the end of last year.

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Following today’s meeting – which is open to all interested parties – a two-day public exhibition is due to take place in March, with dates yet to be finalised, outlining what Whitekirk Hill, c/o Zest Capital Management, propose for the site.

Eric Martin, who lives in Whitekirk and is part of Dunpender Community Council, is among those planning to attend tomorrow’s meeting, which will also be attended by Jim Wilkie, from the developer, and gets under way in the village hall at 7pm.

Mr Martin said there were still many questions that needed answered before he could decide if he agreed with what was being proposed.

The community councillor added: “The meeting gives us an opportunity to express our concerns and find out what is going on.

“We want to know about the scale and the commercial viability.

“We are not clear on what sort of thing is actually being proposed.

“He is talking about enhancing the clubhouse – is it a three-foot extension or tripling it in size?”

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to East Lothian Council shortly before Christmas.

The project features a holiday lodge development, and includes the refurbishment and expansion of the existing clubhouse.

A leisure club, function suite, cafe/restaurant/shop and indoor and outdoor children’s play area have all been mooted.

A spokesman for Whitekirk Hill said: “The project team is currently preparing the overall masterplan for the site. This will be the main part of the application for planning permission in principle (PPiP).

“The PPiP seeks permission for the overall concept of the lodge development that also includes the central hub building but will not include the finer details of either the hub building or the lodges (or any other component).

“The masterplan will identify the areas suitable for development, indicate a site capacity as well as showing how key infrastructure will be delivered.

“We hope to lodge this application by the end of May/early June.”

Further details will be revealed in time for the exhibition in Whitekirk Village Hall next month.