Landowner announces intention to redevelop former chicken farm east of Livingston

A Scottish landowner has unveiled plans for a 2,000-home development on a former poultry farm east of Livingston.

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Amber REI (Agriculture) Ltd said it had submitted two Proposal of Application Notices under the Scottish planning system to West Lothian Council for what it has named the Drumshoreland Garden Community.

The landowner said the development will be taken forward by its sister company, Elan Homes, and will include 500 affordable homes situated within a high-quality mixed-use development in a parkland setting.

It said the development will be low carbon and based on the philosophy of the 20-minute neighbourhood, as set out in recent Scottish planning policy, which aims to ensure people can meet all their basic needs within a 20-minute walk.

The firm is aiming to secure planning permission in principle for both the wider site, and a specific area of development within it.

The firm aims to invest the expected £100m proceeds of the scheme into improvements to the Scottish food and agriculture sector.

A spokesperson from Amber REI said the proposals will deliver significant investment not only in West Lothian but across Scotland as a whole. The spokesperson said: “As an exemplar low carbon community, Drumshoreland will not only deliver much-needed housing, including affordable housing, but employment, education and community facilities.”

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