Planners veto Clarendon bid

Clarendon Farm. Proposed housing development refused consent.
Clarendon Farm. Proposed housing development refused consent.

A controversial housing development at Clarendon Farm on the outskirts of Linlithgow was unanimously rejected by West Lothian Council’s planning committee.

Owned by Manor Forrest Limited, the proposal breached a raft of planning policies and is the latest in a series of new homes developments in the Burgh to be knocked back.

A West Lothian Council spokesman said: “Planning permission was refused for several reasons, including that the application was significantly contrary to the council’s development plan.

“Furthermore, there is sufficient housing land elsewhere and the new housing would have a direct impact on education infrastructure constraints.”

The application to build a residential development of 119 houses at Clarendon Farm, including associated infrastructure and vehicular access from Clarendon Road to the south-east of Linlithgow, was submitted by Gladman Developments.

Its website claimed: “Gladman is one of the UK’s leading private companies in speculative development.”

The Journal and Gazette contacted both Gladman Developments’ Livingston office as well as the owners of the land, Manor Forrest Limited via the Stewart family, owners of Stewart Electrical, but neither party was prepared to comment.

The meeting, held at West Lothian Council’s civic centre, was extremely busy with more than 30 members of the public in the gallery listening as the heated planning application debate took place.

Provost Tom Kerr said: “I chaired the meeting. It was a major application which required the full council to give a decision.

“Refusal was recommended on a number of grounds, not least the safety of pedestrians from the extra vehicles such a development would have generated.”