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Village development at old West Lothian hospital gathers momentum

Words: Roger Milne
Bangour Village Hospital / Kim Traynor

The prospect of a disused West Lothian psychiatric hospital being redeveloped as a new village has taken a key step forward now that NHS Lothian has appointed agents to market the 87-hectare site.

The village would provide nearly 900 homes.

The former Bangour Village hospital in Dechmont includes 15 listed buildings.

The local planning authority is currently considering a masterplan for the scheme that would see listed buildings demolished. Some would be converted to residential use.

A total of 134 affordable housing units is proposed as well as a primary school.

The site was zoned as a conservation area in 1993 and is allocated for housing development in both the adopted and proposed local development plans.

The Scottish Futures Trust has been working with NHS Lothian on the strategy for reuse of the site, which is 1.8 miles north of Livingston and 11 miles west of Edinburgh.

Image credit | Kim Traynor