Musselburgh Ash Lagoons Planning Approval

Updated: Jan 15, 2019

Planning consent has been granted to Scottish Power to restore the former ash lagoons on the seaward side of Musselburgh Racecourse. The lagoons were last in operation before the coal-fired power station shut in 2013, after more than four decades of electricity production.

FourWard worked closely with the project team to create proposals to support their aspiration to to transform the final two ash lagoons into a major Scottish attraction for birdwatchers following the closure of Cockenzie Power Station.

The majority of the 120 hectare ash lagoons has already been reclaimed, grassed and transferred into East Lothian Council ownership, providing a rich habitat for wildlife, and the last two look set to follow suit, and forms part of the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area, a Ramsar site, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its value to wading birds.

George Camps, project manager at ScottishPower, said: “The ash lagoons were an important part of Cockenzie’s story and they are a lasting reminder of the station’s 40 years of power production.