Green light for 81 new homes in Winchburgh
West Lothian Council has approved plans to build 81 flats and houses in the village of Winchburgh.
Allanwater Developments Ltd was given permission for 44 flats and 37 houses with associated roads, footpaths, parking, landscaping and associated works at Beatlie Road.
Designed by Bracewell Stirling, the homes consist of one and two-bedroom cottage flats, two-bedroom flats, two-bedroom terraced attic cottages, three-bedroom terraced villas and five-bedroom semi-detached houses.
A total of 89 parking spaces are also included in the approved plans.
Nearly 50 local residents objected on the grounds of traffic safety, a shortage of parking and more building on West Lothian’s green spaces, The West Lothian Courier reports.
Councillor Diane Calder from the Broxburn, Uphall & Winchburgh Ward explained: “I am not objecting to affordable housing, however, I think the amount of houses/flat proposed is too many for such a small space and in my experience, which is limited in planning, I do however remember phrases such as ‘town cramming’ being advised against within planning policy.
“Therefore I would be obliged if these comments can be taken into account.”
In granting permission, Craig McCorriston, head of planning, at West Lothian Council, said: “The layout and design of the development provides for a sustainable use of the land which lies within walking distance of Winchburgh Main street.
“The proposals, therefore, accord with the terms of the Winchburgh Master Plan and the adopted West Lothian Local Development Plan, 2018 and there are no material considerations to indicate that the application should not be granted.”