ClimatEvolution – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: Optimised Environments

Client: East Lothian Council with Scottish Water, NatureScot, SEPA and Scottish Government

This project is a Vision for a whole system approach to improving a sub-regional area- incorporating some 10km’s of coastline with the aim of addressing the Climate Emergency and using proposal measures to unlock community potential and encourage regeneration. The direct benefits to one of Scotland’s most accessible pieces of coastline as a result of implementing the strategy will be cleaner waters, sustainable access and recreation, and improved biodiversity; a positive legacy for generations to come.

This ground-breaking study was commissioned as a response to the Climate Emergency by East Lothian Council with the Edinburgh and Lothians Drainage Partnership and the Scottish Government. The study area incorporates the coastline and hinterland between Musselburgh and Longniddry: an area rich in cultural history but often overlooked by either the attractions of the city to the west or the quality of the coastal and rural landscape to the east.

The area’s past has left a legacy of complex water systems arising from mining and infrastructure interventions, and areas of social deprivation from industrial decline. A new settlement is being planned, and the Council has acquired a large vacant industrial site on the coastline which is allocated for employment use. An outcome of the strategy will be to guide the management of these changes to ensure long term benefits to the existing communities.

Within this complex landscape the Vision encompasses a series of strategies for: the water environment, sustainable access and movement, community regeneration and enterprise, greenspace and biodiversity, and heritage and leisure. The strategies have been tested against outcomes of climate change mitigation, heath and wellbeing, and sustainable placemaking. Each strategy contains

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