NEW life could be breathed into a historic building at the heart of Haddington.

Plans for a full refurbishment of Haddington House have been drawn up by The Lamp of Lothian Trust.

Works on the Category A listed building, on the town’s Sidegate, include new heating, kitchens and toilets.

The building dates back to the 17th century, with various additions having been added in later years.

The Lamp of Lothian Trust restored Haddington House in 1970 and is now looking to carry out further work, which would see the sub-division of one room, with a car park barrier put in place outside.

Lamp of Lothian confirmed the plans to revamp the building at the beginning of June.

Now the proposals have been validated by East Lothian Council’s planning department, which allows members of the public to have their say.

It is expected the scheme, which would cost a six-figure sum, would provide office space over three floors.

When the proposals to turn the building into a multi-let office were first revealed, Jenny Harper, vice-chairman of the Lamp of Lothian Board of Trustees, highlighted the importance of the building.

She said: “Haddington House is the jewel in the Lamp of Lothian’s crown and our principle revenue-producing asset, which allows us to provide a range of free facilities to the local community.

“The investment we are making in Haddington House will future-proof the building and we are looking forward to welcoming new tenants later in the year.”