Cockenzie was a coal-ﬁred generating station which operated between 1967 and 2013 and was a landmark on the Forth estuary with its twin chimneys. These chimneys were demolished as part of the decommissioning of the power station.
The council acquired the land from Scottish Power Generation in 2017 and undertook a master planning exercise for the total landholdings of 200 acres or so between the communities of Prestonpans and Cockenzie. As a strategic site the council has identiﬁed a number of economic and wider development opportunities in supporting the local, regional and wider economies.
Galbraith, having wide experience in oﬀshore windfarm development, was able to provide valuation and negotiation advice following the approach by Red Rock Power to acquire a small part of the land to house the landfall for the oﬀshore cables from the Inch Cape Oﬀshore Windfarm and to accommodate its onshore substation, which needed to connect into the national grid at the Cockenzie substation.
We await further evolution and development in and around the wider landholdings, which are of strategic importance to east Lothian having very good road connections, port potential and its own railway link on to the national railway network.