The whole site could accommodate a new community hub and up to 680 homes, of which 25% would be affordable. It is proposed that the site could come forward in three phases each being independent of each other but providing an overall cohesive and integrated development over a 10-year period.
Proposal & Promotion
Wallace secured the land under contract in 2014 and developed a comprehensive planning promotion strategy to promote the site through the emerging West Lothian Local Development Plan review.
As part of the Main Issues Report stage of the plan review, phase one of the site was identified for 100 homes as a preferred allocation. This was based on the representations that Wallace and our appointed consultant team had submitted to the Call for Sites stage of the plan review.
Subsequently, the site - along with a number of other sites - was removed as allocations at the proposed plan stage of the plan review. The council adopted a revised position, in that, through their latest interpretation of housing need, the allocations were no longer required. Wallace, through our appointed consultants, have made comprehensive representations to the proposed plan disputing the council's housing need assessment, stating that the council actually have a shortfall of over 4,000 homes. Recent appeal decisions support our contention that the council has a shortfall in their housing land supply.
Due to the identified shortfall in housing land supply within West Lothian and the council not maintaining a five-year housing land supply which they are required to do. In consultation with the land owner and our planning advisors, it was agreed to take forward a planning application on phase 1 & 2 of the site, approx. 280 homes.
An Application for Planning Permission in Principle has now been refused by the council and Wallace are now taking forward an appeal..
Within 1 month of the consent being issued, a sale strategy was presented to the land owner by Wallace, and Savills were appointed to openly market the site for sale. Several competitive offers have been received for the site and it is anticipated that the site will be sold for development in 2019.