Many of the details, including the number and type of housing units, have to be decided by the council's Development Management Committee before detailed planning permission can be granted that would enable the development to take place.
The decision to grant planning permission in principle was approved today (Wednesday 3 March).
The applicant, Allanwater Developments (Bangour) Ltd, also own the site.
Bangour Village Hospital lies to the west of Dechmont and north of the A89. It is a large site of nearly 90 hectares and includes a number of listed buildings set within mature landscaping.
The application in principle approved today includes:
- A maximum of 998 homes with the number to be determined later
- A revised access from the A89 (which is currently under construction)
- Provision of new areas of public open space
- Landscape enhancement along the burn corridor and woodland management
- Footpath connections within the site and surrounding area
- A district heating system
- Local village shop and potential for café/restaurant/community uses
- A new primary school incorporating the A listed recreation hall
- Demolition of 4 C listed buildings and the partial demolition of the B listed nurses' home
- Repair and retention of 11 listed buildings including the A listed church and the A listed recreation hall
The buildings proposed for demolition have been chosen, in consultation with Historic Environment Scotland, because of their advanced state of disrepair or because they are of lesser heritage value.
In approving the development, the council's reports states that it is imperative that restoration and conversion of the listed buildings - 6 C listed buildings, 3 B listed buildings and the former recreation hall and church (both A listed) - are delivered within the early stages of the development.
A design guide would have to be agreed in advance which would require that boundary planting is retained or replaced to ensure that any phases of development close to the site boundary do not become overly visible when viewed from open countryside around the site. It was agreed that further applications for development on the site which do not comply with the design guide will not be supported. The application that has been approved will require a detailed design guide being put in place and further assessment and protection of trees, which may result in it not being possible to build 998 units on site.
In order to mitigate traffic impacts in the village, the developer will fund a package of traffic management measures and the developer is also required to submit a travel strategy which will include appropriate levels of funding for public transport connections to the train stations and other services.