Proposal for Innovation Hub on Land Adjacent to the University

We have submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to East Lothian Council for an innovation park and commercial hub on the land around the campus. We are doing this because creation of such facilities will enable us to drive economic development to benefit the local Musselburgh community, and those in East Edinburgh, Lothian and Border regions. The development will also add to the vibrancy of the local area as it will include attractive spaces on land adjacent to the University facilities for local residents.

Our proposal for an innovation park is the major project included within the Edinburgh City Region Deal to benefit East Lothian, and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create significant employment and a vibrant and sustainable community that will serve generations to come

Our proposals

On this site, you will find detailed information on our proposals which were shared at public exhibitions in autumn 2016, along with information on developments since that time. There is also a dedicated Edinburgh Innovation Park microsite at

Press releases and newsletters

Plans Unveiled for £80m Innovation Hub Supporting 13,000 jobs at Queen Margaret University

QMU to Consult on Proposal for New Innovation Park

QMU Appoints Leading Knowledge Economy Specialists to advance plans for new Innovation Park for Scotland

University Says Completed A1 Junction is Essential to Boost East Lothian Economy

City Region Deal will fast-track creation of vibrant sustainable communities for generations to come

Innovation Park at Queen Margaret University moves a step forward

Growing a happy economy

Article in the Scotsman: Guarding against complacency

University collaboration is a recipe for success

City Region Deal signals major investment in East Lothian

Statement from Queen Margaret University on adoption of East Lothian LDP

City Deal agreement signals green light for Edinburgh Innovation Park


If you have any questions, you can email us at

What happens next?

Before submission of the PAN, we completed a public consultation exercise, and we are taking all comments into consideration, and will seek to address any issues, as we develop our plans. We are also consulting with various East Lothian Council departments, including Planning, Environmental Services and Transport, and other bodies such as Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council.

The intention is to submit a planning application to East Lothian Council’s Planning Department in due course and you will then have an opportunity to make formal representations relating to our planning application. The Council will determine the application when it is submitted; including considering all representations prior to issuing its decision.

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