In what was hailed as a “victory for common sense” plans to build 200 homes at Burghmuir outside Linlithgow have been thrown out.
West Lothian Council planners refused to grant permission to developers Wallace Land as the application conflicted with their policies on housing, land, education, agricultural land and countryside development.
Crucially there was found to be no capacity at Linlithgow Academy to accommodate the development proposed at Burghmuir.
The homes would have taken around four years to build and the plans were put to the public with an exhibition last May.
A total of 81 letters of objection were received on the plans, and there were no letters of support.
John Aitken of Linlithgow Civic Trust, who was at the council’s planning meeting, said: “We are delighted at the outcome of the Burghmuir proposals - it is a victory for common sense.
“Linlithgow needs a proper hollistic approach to development. The town does need to be developed but this needs to be worked on properly alongside the local development plan.”
The current plans followed an earlier application which included this site and land on the opposite side of Blackness Road, for 600 houses, a supermarket, hotel and leisure facilities. The application, also recommended for refusal by council planners, was withdrawn shortly before a decision could be made.