Derelict village for sale as housing project
An abandoned village in Scotland’s central belt is to be sold as a housing development.
Bangour Village hospital in Dechmont, West Lothian, as build in the early 1900s and had its own church, railway and shop but was closed in 2004.
The 215 acre site is now being touted as an opportunity to build a new community with up to 800 homes and the conversion of existing buildings to form a further 91 residential units.
The hospital was built by architect Hippolyte Blanc as the Edinburgh District Asylum and was designed as a self-contained community supported by its own amenities.
The hospital gradually fell out of favour and on the opening of the local St John’s Hospital in Livingston in 1989 it closed five years later.
The site near Dechmont village and 11 miles west of Edinburgh was designated a Conservation Area in 1993. It includes 15 listed buildings (two A-listed, three B-listed and ten C-listed) together with 30 non-listed buildings. All of the buildings on site are unoccupied.
In August 2015 an application for Planning Permission in Principle for a residential and mixed-use development was submitted to West Lothian Council along with applications for the demolition of listed and non-listed buildings.
The masterplan proposes 891 residential units; a new primary school on site and circa 1,000 sq m of ancillary use. 134 units (15% of the completed units based on 891 residential units) are to be Affordable Housing. A decision on planning is expected in the summer.
The Scottish Futures Trust has been working with NHS Lothian to develop and deliver a strategy for the sale of the site with a focus on working up a commercially viable plan informed by stakeholder engagement.
Stewart Taylor, senior director at CBRE which is marketing the properties, said: “Considerable work has been done by the vendor and their consultants to prepare the site for sale. We are confident there will be strong interest.”
Justin Lamb, director at Justin Lamb Associates, added: “Bangour is probably the best opportunity in Scotland to deliver a new village within an existing mature landscape setting, with refurbished listed buildings and a new primary school on site.”