CALA plans approved for Linlithgow development

PLANS have been approved for a new 60-home development to the south west of Linlithgow, West Lothian.

CALA Homes (East) is behind the proposal to deliver homes across a 6.2-hectare site at Preston Farm. The project will comprise a mix of one, three, four, and five-bedroom homes, including cottage flats, terraced homes, and detached properties. A quarter of the properties will be designated as affordable and delivered for Dunedin Canmore Housing Association at a later stage of the site’s development.

CALA revealed ‘extensive’ consultation with planners and the local community led to access for the site being ‘carefully modified’. The housebuilder said it has outlined a ‘strict’ traffic management plan to ensure maximum possible safety around the development, and will also work with the council to assess a traffic order to improve road and pedestrian safety around nearby schools.

The approval from West Lothian Council’s planning committee comes five years after the developer first signalled its intentions for the site. Located a few hundred metres from both Linlithgow Academy and Linlithgow Primary School, CALA said the site will deliver ‘large amounts’ of communal green space including 3,600 square metres of open space adjacent to Deanburn Road.

Derek Lawson, strategic land director with CALA Homes (East), said, “This approval is the result of effective engagement with the local community and that has been instrumental in shaping our proposals. Latterly, this has enabled us to work with neighbours to deliver major changes to the site access. Likewise, the West Lothian planning department has been consulted and kept closely informed at all stages.

“We’re looking forward to developing the site in the months ahead and providing a range of homes that become a positive addition to this area. We will continue that communication throughout the construction process, to hopefully ease some local concerns – and will work to establish a community liaison group.”