Proposal for Innovation Hub on Land Adjacent to the University

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

Our proposals

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

You can find press releases and newsletters on the subject of our proposals below:

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

If you have any questions, you can email us at

What happens next?

We have recently completed a public consultation exercise, and will take all comments into consideration, and will seek to address any issues, when finalising 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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