Plans to reduce affordable housing at Linlithgow site

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affordable housing planned in the proposed Burghmuir development outside Linlithgow could reduce by 10 per cent.

The move was revealed in a letter from consultants, on behalf of developers Wallace Land, stating that they could reduce the figure of 25 per cent affordable housing from their plan to 15 per cent, which is the minimum required by West Lothian Council, on the local authority’s website.

Of the 600 homes that Wallace Land originally proposed to build at Burghmuir, this change would mean a reduction of 60 homes, from 150 down to 90. In this alternative option, Wallace Land would contribute £3 million to educational infrastructure in Winchburgh to account for this reduction.

Iain Paton of Linlithgow Civic Trust said: “This is completely unacceptable for Linlithgow, notwithstanding the other problems identified by objectors. The town has very high house prices and should have a higher affordable housing threshold - the loss of 60 affordable houses from the scheme will likely prove to be controversial.”

In the same letter, Wallace Land say they may also remove the food store from their original application, depending on the decision made by the council regarding the Tesco extension plans this month.

A Wallace Land spokesperson said: “West Lothian Council have asked Wallace Land to provide a number of options for affordable housing on the site. Wallace Land is happy to provide 25 per cent affordable housing but the council have also requested a scenario that would see this sum reduced to 15 per cent, with additional contributions for education provision. This is still subject to negotiation, should the scheme be consented.”

Wallace Land met Winchburgh Community Council this week who in light of their educational commitment, unanimously withdrew their objections to the Burghmuir plans.

West Lothian Council has sent out over 1400 letters to those who submitted comments on the Burghmuir 
application, asking them if they want to speak at the decision meeting, set for April 17. They should inform the 
council if this is their wish, but anyone can attend the public meeting.