Linlithgow residents campaign steps up

Preston Farm in Linlithgow is under threat of development
Preston Farm in Linlithgow is under threat of development

Residents are preparing to fight against a bid to build luxury homes in Linlithgow at a public consultation being held early next year.

Cala Homes said the Preston Farm development would include up to 60 “much needed family homes” with 25 per cent affordable housing.

Locals will be able to see draft proposals and give feedback at the event in February.

Campaigner Emma Gordon said: “The only consultation residents care about is the one being conducted by the council on whether to turn pristine countryside over to developers.”

She said protected species, traffic congestion and distance from public transport were concerns of the Friends of Preston Field group.

Cala Homes said it would consult with the community but John Kelly, chairman of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council said he was against the proposals.

The site runs to the Union Canal at the north-west and woodland at Preston Glen to the west. The existing Deanburn housing estate is north of the proposed site and road access would be taken from Deanburn Road.

Derek Lawson, land director at Cala Homes said: “We are at the very outset of a long and proper planning process, but already we have taken great care to make sure that this development would be entirely sensitive to the surroundings. We are very optimistic that our proposals for high-quality homes within the town boundary will be well-received.”

West Lothian Council said any development would be conditional on a number of issues, including education constraints, being addressed, and there is currently no funded solution in place for doing so.

Cala Homes hope to submit a planning application in Spring 2016.