Bus depot makes way for OAP flats

090713  Demolished bus station, linlithgow.
090713 Demolished bus station, linlithgow.
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The FirstBus depot off Linlithgow High Street has been demolished as multi-million pound plans for retirement flats bulldoze ahead.

First Bus moved out of the High Street last November to make way for developers McCarthy and Stone, who gained planning permission to build 41 one and two bedroom apartments, and two retail units on the substantial site.

Keith Geddes of Pagoda PR, working for McCarthy and Stone, said: “Demolition is ongoing. The archaeologists still have to do a lot of site investigation and further geo-technical investigation (gaining information on soil and rock properties to design foundations for the structure) is required too. Construction is expected to be under way properly in October/November.”

The company will be looking to sell or lease the two 
retail units once they are built next year.

The modern development will also feature parking facilities, as well as two small sitting areas within enclosed gardens for residents. Five apartments will overlook the High Street and The Cross, and the plans were well received by the town when first mooted a couple of years ago. The apartments will all feature a 24 hour state-of-the-art security system, with external maintenance, gardening and landscaping taken care of.