Councillors fail to reach a decision on West Lothian homes site

Bangour Village HospitalPlans to build over 800 new homes on the site of the former West Lothian hospital are to continue after councillors failed to reach a decision on the application.

The proposal for a residential and mixed use development at the former Bangour Village Hospital site in Dechmont was discussed at a meeting of West Lothian Council last week.

The planning application includes 891 new residential units (up to 800 new houses and 91 further units included within restored existing buildings), a new primary school, access roads, open space and the refurbishment of 15 listed buildings and infrastructure.

The proposal submitted by NHS Lothian includes nine areas of new build housing, retained listed buildings and mature woodland.

According to the planning papers, the proposal is an opportunity to create a housing development that would be unique to Scotland. They say it would be a development that uses the attributes of the site’s natural setting and the high quality built heritage values of the listed buildings to enhance the housing choice in West Lothian.

NHS Lothian have confirmed that the council’s policy on affordable housing will be complied with and land capable of accommodating 130 council homes of the site capacity will be transferred to the council for affordable housing.

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: “The application was discussed and the council agreed to continue the application for discussions to take place.”

Images courtesy of MLA (Michael Laird Architects)

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