Roads row rages over new homes

220812   Parking on clarendon road, linlithgow.
220812 Parking on clarendon road, linlithgow.
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Plans for 119 homes on land at Clarendon Farm in Linlithgow have infuriated locals after the main access road to the site has changed.

The planning application for the residential development was submitted this week by Gladman Developments, months after a consultation on the proposals took place in January.

But a change since then has provoked outrage, as the main route to the development will now be Clarendon Road, rather than the current farm road originally considered.

A resident of Clarendon Road who did not wish to be named said: “It transpires (without consultation of 
residents) that they are going 
to use Clarendon Road as the main access route, hence, 
destroying what was once a quiet residential area and turning it into a main (and 
only) thoroughfare for over 200 cars (average of two cars per household)!

“The consultation done with residents was for a plan that does not resemble the current application and they have never come back to residents to re-consult with the current application proposal.”

She also criticised West Lothian Council planners for only allowing until November 14 for objections to be made.

But Greg Limb of Gladman Developments confirmed the plans had been modified after extensive consultation with the Linlithgow public.

He said: “At the January consultation, we were in the early stages of the proposals. Since then we spoke to a number of organisations and West Lothian Council, looking at access options into the site. Following these discussions, we are progressing with the Clarendon Road access rather than the farm track road. We feel this is the best primary 
access, and the farm road will remain open.”

A West Lothian Council spokesman said that Gladman had amended their proposals, the necessary publicity had been carried out, and all comments submitted by November 14 would be considered.