CONTROVERSIAL plans for a “retirement village” on the edge of North Berwick are revealed on Monday.

A 60-bed care home with up to 150 “private accommodation units for residents aged 55 and over” are included in the plans for Castleton Farm, to the east of the town.

Last year, plans were drawn up for a similar scheme between the Glen Golf Club and the A198.

Now, new proposals, which are in their early stages, will be shown to the public for the first time, with developers Goldcrest Communities Ltd and Richmond Care Village Holdings Ltd now looking at a site to the south of the A198, between Bass Rock View and Rhodes Holdings.

Martin Young, head of planning and development for Richmond Villages, said: “At this stage, plans are still speculative, but I’m looking forward to the meeting.

“It’s really important that we listen to local residents and encourage a two-way conversation around any future plans.

“Likewise, I can help answer any questions or concerns and ensure we’re taking these all on board before making a final decision.”

Drawings are shown in North Berwick Community Centre from 2pm to 8pm.

Members of the public can go along to the exhibition, which is manned by representatives from the developers, and ask questions about the scheme.

A planning application, which would be lodged with East Lothian Council, could then be submitted later this year.

Then, members of the public will be able to object or back the project by writing to the council’s planning department.

Among those planning to head to the exhibition is Angela Paterson, who set up a campaign group, Save North Berwick Views, last year when the original proposals emerged.

She was again opposing the scheme and said: “I think people should go along to the meeting but very firmly with a view of talking about why the developer has chosen to build on prime agricultural land.

“It is some of the top grade soil in Scotland. Why do they want to build on that?”

Mrs Paterson also questioned whether the development fitted in with the council’s local development plan, which guides development across East Lothian to 2024 and beyond and involved a huge amount of preparation and extensive public engagement and consultation.

Save North Berwick Views is also planning to host a public meeting in response to any formal planning application being submitted.

At the meeting, members of the public can find out how they can comment on the proposals.

The “care village” would also include a “community health centre; community hub; and outdoor recreational uses”.

Judy Lockhart, chair of the town’s community council, encouraged members of the public to go to the exhibition and see the proposals.

She said: “Many concerns were noted following the original application and it will be very interesting to see what changes have been made other than moving the site across the road.

“If questionnaires are handed out during the event, the community council would also urge everyone to complete and return these forms.”