Thousands of new homes to be built in West Lothian
More than 3,000 new homes are to be built along with state-of-the-art schools in a multimillion-pound development in West Lothian.
Winchburgh Developments Limited will go ahead after owners West Coast Capital (WCC) agreed a joint venture with Cala Homes for the 347-hectare site.
As well as 3,450 homes and the school buildings, infrastructure including improved transport links, a marina, a 75-acre park and 35 acres of employment land will also be included.
Around 700 of the properties will be affordable houses, while more than 400 will be made available for social rent.
Sir Tom Hunter, WCC founding partner, said: “Both West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government have played a critical role in securing this long-term development for Scotland.
“Having already delivered over 558 homes in the first phase with five national house builders, we now look forward to moving forward with many more house builders to deliver much needed homes for West Lothian in the next phase of development.”
The Scottish Government is to provide a £26.8 million loan through the Building Scotland Fund to support the development.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay visited the side with developers, West Lothian Council and other stakeholders on Thursday.
He said: “As we support the continued growth of the Scottish economy, developments like Winchburgh are crucial.
“I am pleased the Building Scotland Fund has been able to support this development, to unlock the construction of 3,450 new homes and the infrastructure required to make Winchburgh a reality.
“The Winchburgh development is a leading example of a joined up approach between the private sector, Government and local council. It will help stimulate the economy and bring new homes, schools, transport and community facilities to the area.
“As well as being great for wider economic development, over 700 affordable houses, including 400 for social rent, will be built as part of the development, which is excellent news for the region.”
West Lothian executive councillor for education David Dodds added: “We are delighted to have reached a deal with the Scottish Government and Winchburgh Development Ltd that supports the plans to expand Winchburgh.
“Key to the development is the delivery of new state-of-the-art schools for Winchburgh in the council’s largest ever single capital investment.
“West Lothian already has one of the best school estates in the country, giving a platform to help our young people achieve their full potential and support life-long learning for the whole community.”