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£275m low-carbon development plans submitted in West Lothian

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£275m low-carbon development plans submitted in West Lothian

West Lothian Council has received proposals for £275m mixed-use development plans. The strategy is to build the 108-hectare Drumshoreland Garden Community on the site of the current Clapperton poultry farm complex, located east of Livingston.

Open-market and affordable housing are part of the development plans while increasing the employment, educational and other community facilities. The development would be located within a new parkland setting that includes 19.9ha of ancient woodland.

However, this development land is being given over to public access. The applications for planning permission in principle (PPiP) have been submitted to West Lothian Council, aiming to establish the principle of development on the site. 

The two applications submitted include a PPiP application covering the wider site and the other covers an area of land located within the wider site. Original housing numbers have reduced to accommodate the need for more mixed-use elements.

The Clapperton site, owned by Amber REI (Agriculture), part of Amber REI (Holdings), is part of the Scottish poultry supply chain but currently comprises ageing poultry sheds and surplus land.

About 1,800 homes, including 25% classed as affordable, are proposed as part of Drumshoreland Garden Community and will be brought forward by Elan Homes (Scotland), a sister company of Amber REI.

A combination of the Drumshoreland development and other investment across Scotland could see the potential for £425m (£275m for Drumshoreland and £150m across the rest of Scotland) being invested, supporting 5,750 jobs and delivering new low-carbon facilities.

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