COUNCILLORS have thrown out controversial plans for a care village on the outskirts of North Berwick - and have also turned down a bid for a McDonald's in Musselburgh.

At a virtual meeting of East Lothian Council's planning committee today, councillors unanimously backed planning officers' recommendation to refuse planning permission for a proposal to build 152 residential and care units on farmland east of North Berwick.

More than 500 objections to Goldcrest Communities Ltd's plans for the £49 million care village at Castleton Farm had been lodged with planners.

Meanwhile, at the same meeting councillors were also unanimous in their opposition to McDonald's plans to build a restaurant in part of the Tesco car park.

Planning officers had recommended the proposal be approved, despite significant opposition from a number of Musselburgh residents, but councillors disagreed and turned down the plans, citing concerns over traffic and air quality.

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