Ryden | Planning

Ryden Planning has reached a significant milestone for the proposed redevelopment of the former Bangour Village Hospital. West Lothian Council has granted Planning Permission in Principle for a Masterplan for the redevelopment of the 220 acre former hospital site for Ambassador Group.

The application is for up to 998 residential units, including conversion of Listed Buildings, on site affordable housing, local commercial and retail centre, a new Primary School (incorporating the Category A Listed Recreation Hall), re-use of the Category A Listed Bangour Village Church, a District Wide Heating system and major infrastructure, landscape works and comprehensive woodland management across the site.

Ryden Planning’s team, led by Partner Bob Evans, coordinated the application process, including the Community Consultation and full Environmental Impact Assessment. The application included detailed inputs from a comprehensive project team: Ark Architects, Fairhurst Engineers & Transport, Harrison Stevens Landscape Architects, Turley Heritage, Petrie Buchanan Infrastructure and Alan Motion Trees.

The whole planning process required a holistic approach and understanding of some complex issues relating to the sensitivity of the site, including capacity for development balanced by the long term commercial viability of the investment, including significant developer contributions for education and affordable housing and dealing with Listed Building.