ALMOST 400 houses, a civic square and a community business centre will be built within walking distance of a train station under the creation of a major residential hub.
Plans for the second phase of the Southdale development at Armadale have been given the green light by West Lothian Council.
Hundreds of homes will be built within less than a mile of Armadale railway station in one of Scotland’s largest redevelopment projects.
The station was reopened two years ago as part of the Airdrie-Bathgate rail link connecting Glasgow and Edinburgh via a fourth route.
The proposed civic square would be built at the heart of the development, opposite a new primary school. An area earmarked for “community” amenity users, including a potential dental and doctor’s surgery, would be built just several hundred metres from the station.
Spaces will be left open in the business centre for interested local traders such as hairdressers, beauticians and chiropodists.
The nursery would be built adjacent to the new station access road.
Two mixed-use buildings that include both flats and ground floor commercial units would be laid out around the Asda supermarket and civic square to the south of the rail line.
The project is being managed by Edinburgh-based developer EWP Investments.
Sandra Carter, from EWP Investments, said: “Southdale continues to be one of the most exciting and successful regeneration projects currently taking place in West Lothian and Scotland and we are now keen to build on the momentum already generated from the success of the first phase.”
The wider £200 million Southdale development will boast 1000 residential units, 50 hectares of commercial and employment land, a cinema and hotels, and two new primary schools once finished.
One of the UK’s biggest homebuilders, Taylor Wimpey, is among firms delivering the housing.
Pauline Mills, land and planning director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, said: “It is testament to the confidence we have in Southdale as a place for potential buyers to live, work and play that we have purchased an additional site for 85 houses.”
A West Lothian Council spokesman said: “We are actively looking to regenerate and encourage economic growth in the western part of West Lothian. The development at Southdale is central to this plan.”