Call for Volunteers

Call for Volunteers

East Lothian is undergoing considerable change…Our Cases Panel needs your help!

‘ Dream of leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind for the rolling COUNTRYSIDE and REFRESHING BREEZE OF THE COAST?
Look no further than developments throughout EAST LOTHIAN..’

Would you consider joining the East Lothian Cases Panel?

The East Lothian Panel meets twice a month to consider planning applications that apply to Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas, visiting sites as necessary.  We discuss applications to explore the impact on the historic built environment, and any letters of comment are written to the Council.

Since our establishment in 1956, we have administered our work to protect and enhance Scotland’s heritage, through our volunteer Cases Panels across the whole of the country. This is a wonderful network of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Currently, in East Lothian, there are on average 4-5 volunteers but we need further members who can spare a couple of hours each week, or alternate weeks, any travel expenses are paid.

People of any age are very welcome and we are always open to new ideas. There are also opportunities to help with the administration side of things as opposed to planning, if that has greater appeal.

Our aim is always to be constructive, informative and objective. No expert knowledge is required, just an enthusiasm for old buildings and their surroundings! We email you a list of cases so that you can gather thoughts in advance. You can then join our panel discussion prepared to object, comment or support the proposal. Training is provided and you can come along and try it out without any commitment. You have the chance to further your knowledge of your local area and learn from other panel members’ expertise and knowledge. This is truly interesting and fulfilling work with other Society members who share enthusiasm for our corner of Scotland!

This is a chance to help keep the wonderful old buildings and beautiful places in the historic county of East Lothian. Being so close to Edinburgh, they continue to be under tremendous pressure, never so much as at present. The council appreciate what we do, as we are often reminded when they approach us for support.

If you would like to know more, please get in touch with the National Office.

Download the Cases Panel Guidelines here


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