West Lothian’s decision to reject plans upheld

Clarendon Farm. proposed housing development owned by Manor Farm Ltd.
Clarendon Farm. proposed housing development owned by Manor Farm Ltd.

West Lothian Council has welcomed the news that it has won two appeals against its decisions to reject Burghmuir and Clarendon planning 

Scottish Government ministers upheld the council’s planning decision to reject both applications.

West Lothian Council refused planning permission for around 320 new houses on sites at Clarendon and Burghmuir, Linlithgow.

At Burghmuir on the eastern edge of the town, Wallace Land Ltd were looking to build around 200 new homes on agricultural land. The council refused this application in November 2013.

More than 80 objections, including one from Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council were received against the proposal.

In particular the effect of the proposed Burghmuir development on the form and character of the historic town was not seen as acceptable, and its location far from the town centre would add to increased car journeys.

At Clarendon in the southern part of the town, Gladman Developments wished to build 119 new houses on agricultural land.

Objections were received from over 200 residents and the community council. Again the council refused the planning application in March 2014.

Both application refusals had been appealed by their respective developers and eventually ended up being called in by the Scottish Government.

Their decisions are final subject only to a right of appeal to the Court of Session on legal grounds.

In particular one of the grounds of refusal found at the appeal was that the Clarendon development would have an adverse impact on the capacity of Low Port Primary School.

A spokesperson for West Lothian Council’s Planning Service said: “The council is pleased with the outcomes of these two important appeals.

“In particular the results reinforced the council’s position of ensuring that any future development in Linlithgow must respect the attractive setting on the town, not lead to extra congestion in the town centre and recognise capacity issues at local schools.”