Residents will be able to have their say on the future of Linlithgow at an event set to outline development plans for the area.
A six week consultation on West Lothian Council’s Local Development Plan was launched this week and people will be able to express their views on a new approach to housing, infrastructure, schools and business for the years ahead.
There has been a restriction on expansion in Linlithgow but the new strategy could give the green light to developers.
John Kelly, vice chairperson of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council, said: “This is Linlithgow’s big chance. We’re pushing on 20 years without any development. It’s clear people are very wary of development, of no more than field by field development that doesn’t take education or roads into consideration.
“You can’t just bang up yet more houses but developers would rather just take profit. We need a co-ordinated plan.”
Over 19,000 houses are proposed in West Lothian, with the majority in Armadale, East Broxburn, Uphall, Winchburgh and the Almond Valley at Calderwood, East Calder and West Livingston.
The plan says it is unlikely land will be released for development prior to 2019 to allow for increased secondary school capacity and sets brownfield sites within the current settlement boundary as a priority for development before greenfield areas are built on.
Cathy Muldoon, executive councillor for development and transport, said: “It’s fantastic news that West Lothian is a growing area, with investment by developers taking place across the area.
“However it’s important that any developments are in the best interests of West Lothian and the Local Development Plan sets out the strategic vision across the area.”
The consultation event in Linlithgow is on Monday, November 2 at 10am-8pm in the Burgh Halls and the deadline for sending comments is Sunday, November 22. You can view it online at www.westlothian.gov.uk/LDP.
It is expected the plan will be adopted by early 2017, with Scottish Ministers also scrutinising it and making recommendations on its content.