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July 24 2019

Brownfield Linlithgow homes go through on appeal

Housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel has won planning permission from the Scottish Government to build 48 flats on the site of a former petrol station off Edinburgh Road, Linlithgow, on appeal.

Spanning two separate structures the buildings would house a mix of flats and maisonettes with photovoltaic panels on the roofs and fronting a tree-lined boulevard by narrowing a 4m wide pavement.

To mitigate the impact on the current streetscape properties would be set 200mm below pavement level with roofs set back against the ridgeline of adjacent flats to the west.

Craig Ormond, director at Mactaggart & Mickel, commented: “We are pleased to get approval for this development and look forward to transforming an unused and unsightly area of land into much-needed quality housing, in a very convenient town-centre location for local people to enjoy. We believe our proposed development will be extremely popular with a range of buyers, including young families and downsizers.” 

West Lothian Council had initially turned down the Holmes Miller design because it was out of keeping with the character of the town, in the belief that it should rise to no more than three storeys.

The new homes would bring a large brownfield site back into use
The new homes would bring a large brownfield site back into use

2 Comments

Baloothebear
#1 Posted by Baloothebear on 24 Jul 2019 at 19:35 PM
Decent looking scheme. Why the heck was it refused in the first place?
Walt Disney
#2 Posted by Walt Disney on 25 Jul 2019 at 11:09 AM
#1 WLC preferred to have a nice concrete wasteland next to the main railway line rather than a decent housing scheme. Refusal was based on 'scale, massing and design' i.e. 'it didnae fit' and the perennial problem of school capacity in Linlithgow. They will probably still have a restricted completion rate to match the school capacity.

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