Redundant Filter Works in Rural Location, Development Potential – 0.79 ha. (1.95 ac)


The site is located just to the north of Garvald, an attractive conservation village lying on the Papana Water 6 miles from Haddington in East Lothian and some 24 miles east of Edinburgh. From Haddington the A1 provides easy access to Edinburgh, the airport and the extended motorway network to the north and west. Garvald offers a village hall, post office, pub and large recreation ground. Nearby Gifford has local shopping and primary schooling and both Haddington and Dunbar (10 miles) have a further range of services including supermarket shopping, secondary schooling and leisure facilities. The mix of beautiful surrounding countryside and nearby rugged coastline provides for an ideal rural location with countryside pursuits such as cycling, walking and golfing readily available.


From Haddington head south on the B6369. On reaching Gifford, turn left and follow the B6355 for a short distance and then turn left signed Garvald. After a further 3.5 miles turn left at the T junction at Papple Bridge and the site is located on the right hand side. Grid Ref: NT5905572162.


This is an irregular shaped site comprising a now redundant filter station and associated open tanks. The filter station is Category B Listed as being of architectural merit and was constructed between 1948 and 1955 as part of the Whiteadder Scheme to increase water capacity being provided at that time by the East Lothian Water Board. Built into a grassed embankment, the filter house is of sandstone block construction with a concrete flat felted roof with roof lights and paving stone coping. It extends to approx. 590 sq.m. and sits within a parcel of land extending to approx. 0.79 ha (1.95 ac). There are steps leading from the front of the building to the flat roof. The site has been out of use for many years and unfortunately the building is now in need of repair and renovation. There is small car parking area at the front of the building accessed directly from the public road, and a track leads to the north east portion of the site where there are four large sunken settlement tanks which are fenced off. The remainder of the land runs uphill alongside the building to the south and is down to mixed woodland which is currently amenity/boundary ground. Internally, the main part of the building comprises a large rectangular filter room with glass block roof lights, in which seven large horizontal filter units remain in-situ. Additionally, there are associated former chemical rooms, control room, generator room, storage/workshop areas, kitchen and w.c. Access is via the main door on the north side of the building and there are additional exits on both sides of the main entrance part of the building. Adjacent to the building and at the entrance to the site is a residential property which was originally used in connection with the works but is now within private ownership. There is evidence of encroachment on parts of the land within the subjects of sale. We are not aware of any agreement providing permission for the use of the land. Prospective purchasers are advised to check the title pack for further information particularly regarding access, site boundaries and any special conditions relating to the sale. This can be obtained from the seller’s solicitors. The site is immediately surrounded by amenity woodland and generally by farmland. The property is situated in a peaceful location and although rural in nature, benefits from easy access to the nearby facilities. This is an interesting site which may provide an opportunity for a number of uses, subject to gaining any necessary planning and listed building consents.

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0.79 ha. (1.95 ac) approx.


Alternative uses may be possible and interested parties should make their own enquiries to East Lothian Council, Planning and Building Standards, John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington EH41 3HA Tel: 01620 827216 environment@eastlothian.gov.uk


The property does not appear on the Valuation Roll and will require assessment.


Band C.


Owner Vacant Possession.


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Further information regarding the Title Deeds, Articles of Roup and any Special Conditions of Sale will be available, strictly by request, from the Seller’s Solicitors: Anderson Strathern LLP, Laura Flounders. Tel: 0131 270 5371 Email: auctionlots@andersonstrathern.co.uk

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