West Lothian Village’s bid to ban heavy goods vehicles on the high street is ruled out


A bid to ban heavy goods vehicles from the streets of a West Lothian village has been shelved, amid concerns over the effects of a controversial housing development on a former hospital site.

Nearly 1,000 homes will be built on the site of the former Bangour hospital, and some of the listed buildings will be converted into 91 new homes.

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West Lothian Council granted planning permission in principle for the redevelopment of the Bangour site in March last year.

The Dechmont Community Council had raised concerns about the impact on the local area, particularly from traffic, and had requested physical controls such as traffic barriers to prevent heavy goods vehicles from using Rue du town.

They have now been told such a move will not be possible as officials have sought to reassure Dechmont residents will have a say in how the development will affect their lives.

Local committee councilors from Broxburn, Uphall and Winchburgh raised questions about traffic calming in the village of Dechmont with chief planning officer Craig McCorriston.

Councilor Diane Calder said: ‘You know that Dechmont Community Council is seriously concerned about the extra traffic passing through the village and on the A89. There seem to be constant questions. Can the community council be kept informed? »

Mr McCorriston said the community council had been fully engaged up to the time planning permission was granted.

Traffic-calming measures would be part of ongoing discussions with developers once planning consent is signed, he added.

Some traffic calming measures were promised, but some could not be met. Mr McCorriston said while officers were in favor of the request for traffic barriers to stop HGVs, the installation of physical controls would also mean that service buses could not use the main street.

He added that traffic calming would be the subject of negotiations with developers.

“These are discussions that have not yet taken place.”

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He added: “Officers are happy to engage with the community council either in a virtual meeting or by attending one of their meetings.

The impact of the 998 housing development on the hospital site has raised fears of a ripple effect on the problems of increased traffic during and after the construction of infrastructure stretching from Bathgate to Uphall station and beyond. of the.

The councilors of the surrounding communities are perfectly aware of the constraints linked to parking in the stations and to the road infrastructure. The A89, once largely rural in its nature and surroundings, is seeing its environment change rapidly. Before the construction works, teams are already on site at the hospital to cut down trees and lay access roads.

Mr McCorriston said negotiations to work out a Section 75 agreement that will cover the supply of a new school are nearing completion.

Once this agreement is signed, planning permission will be granted and the developers – Allanwater – will be able to submit detailed proposals.

Children from the Bangour Development and Dechmont Village will travel from there to the new Winchburgh Academy which opens in August.


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