RENEWED planning consent is being sought from East Lothian Council for 12 new houses at a site at Monktonhall Terrace, Musselburgh.

The project had already been approved by the council in 2011 and again in 2014 but the three-year permission has again expired.

Andrew McNab of Colliers International, on behalf of applicant and landowner Edmond Developments, said the company was seeking to renew the original scheme of 12 houses – a mixture of terraced and semi-detached properties.

The 1.4-hectare site is located north-east of Monktonhall Terrace and is bounded by part of the golf course land at Musselburgh Golf Club, a builders’ yard, small gas governor station, open space and the River Esk.

Proposed access would be from the existing access road which serves the builders’ yard and gas governor station. It is proposed to alter the junction of the existing access road with Monktonhall Terrace to provide improved sightlines for drivers using it. A new access road into the development would be formed to the north-east of and parallel to the houses to serve their driveways and garages.

Asked the reason behind the expiry of previous planning consents, Mr McNab said: “A lot of it was to do with the recession and demand for residential sites being low. We are in discussions with a developer which have progressed but not quickly enough to beat the three-year time limit.”