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PLANS for 195 houses and a raft of local facilities have been floated for Clarendon Farm in Linlithgow.

Although plans are at an early stage, a proposal for the land south-east of the town has been lodged with West Lothian Council, kicking off 12 weeks of consultation between developers Gladman and local residents.

A public event is being planned for February where it is hoped more detail will be revealed.

In initial plans, the major development would include up to 195 homes with open space and unspecified community facilities.

There would be 94 homes built on the west of the site with a proposed vehicle 
access from Manse Road.

The site, approximately 80 acres, stretches across to the back of Clarendon Mews and 101 homes are planned parallel to the Union Canal, with a possible pedestrian/cycle path to the station linking into Stanley Road with St Michael’s Hospital to the 
east.

Gladman Developments Ltd., agents for landowners Manor Forrest Ltd, has submitted the proposal in advance of a planning 
application.

A spokesman said: “Now the proposal of application notice has been filed, we want to meet with the community and local groups and ask them about what would they like to see on the site.

“There is a lot of open space and we are now in 12 weeks of discussions with various bodies including Linlithgow Civic Trust and the community council to see if there are things that the town would want.”

He added: “This is a sustainable solution with the intention to create working routes into the town centre coming in over the bridge by the canal basin. You could walk from the train station, and it’s right next to the existing houses in the town centre. The development would be very easy to link into.”

Clarendon Farm is currently on the market and it is thought the steps toward securing permission for housing development on the site could be a bid to raise the land value considerably.

Iain Paton of Linlithgow Civic Trust said: “LCT is 
generally supportive of the principle of medium-scale residential development in this location, close to the town centre, and with limited visual impact on the landscape and setting of Linlithgow.

“However, there are many questions regarding issues such as road access, maintenance of open space, existing residential amenity, developer contributions to infra-structure and any long-term phasing of further development in this area.

“The most appropriate 
approach is an overall plan for Linlithgow which considers housing, other development and supporting infrastructure across the Burgh rather than on individual sites promoted by developers.”

This was echoed by 
Nicholas Leonard of the Linlithgow Against Supermarket Development action group.

He added: “The Clarendon Farm site is just one of 46 
areas of land in and around Linlithgow submitted to West Lothian Council by their owners last year for consideration for development zoning in the next local development plan.

“The proposal underlines the need for a comprehensive approach to the future of Linlithgow and the proper context for such an approach is the consultation process on the local development plan, taking place later this year.”