Planning permission has been granted for 280 new houses to be built on land south east of Murieston Road, on Wellhead Farm
The majority of the houses are detached. 141 have four bedrooms, 69 have five bedrooms. Affordable housing makes up 25% of the development which will be a mix of social rented and low to mid market housing for sale, some of which will be shared equity. The developers will be Bellway Homes and Walker Group.
Two linked area of parkland are proposed running through the centre of the site, as part of a pedestrian route giving access through the site between a new bus stop on Murieston Road and the countryside on the boundary of the site. The areas of open space are generous and will contain play equipment. The layout is in accordance with West Lothian's Development Plan and guidance and includes a green, tree-lined edge to the site along Murieston Road.
The open space and pathway links will provide links to the Murieston Trail and the Linhouse Circular footpath networks for existing Murieston residents as well as the new residents.
140 letters of representation were received, most objecting to the principle of development. However the Scottish Government's Planning and Environment Appeals Division was granted in principle in February 2018. West Lothian Council has now granted detailed planning permission.
The council's Transportation Service is satisfied that the improvements which the developer has agreed to carry out on Murieston Road and at the a71 New Park roundabout, the local road network will be able to accommodate additional traffic. The developer is required to carry out the road improvements prior to the first homes being occupied.