Proposed Garden Community
Could it be a 20-minute neighbourhood?
Drumshoreland, West Lothian (near Broxburn)
I came across the proposed Drumshoreland development while researching 20-minute neighbourhoods. My interest is that of a prospective buyer.
Amber Real Estate Investment (Amber REI) and it’s sister company Elan Homes, are working together to transform about 108 hectares of farmland (current Clapperton poultry farm near Livingston) into a mixed-use development that, if approved, will include around 1,800 homes, over 25% of which will be affordable.
Planning and development consultancy Turley is providing planning, economics and sustainability services for the scheme. Masterplanning and placemaking services are being led by OPEN (Optimised Environments) including integrated architecture and landscape disciplines.
The proposed low-carbon Drumshoreland Garden Community will be based on the philosophy of the 20-minute neighbourhood, as set out in recent Scottish Government policy.
A 20-minute neighbourhood is about living well locally and includes 25% affordable housing. It’s about finding ways for residents to access most of their daily services and amenities in a single 20-minute round trip, either by walking, cycling, taking public transport or using wheelchairs and other ‘wheels’ like scooters or prams.
The below model (Victorian Government, Australia) outlines the features of a 20-minute neighbourhood:
Further reading about 20-minute neighbourhoods:
- Victorian Government, Australia: Plan Melbourne 2017-2050, Living Locally – 20 Minute Neighbourhoods
- Comparing the 20 Minute Neighbourhood and Traditional Scenarios in Edinburgh Local Development Plan: a Rapid Scoping Assessment
- Scottish Community Alliance: Just 20 minutes
History of Drumshoreland area
The Drumshoreland area is most recently the home of one of Scotland’s largest poultry processing facilities. Prior to that it has a rich shale oil processing history. The area also had a curling pond and exotic insects.
Shale oil industry
Bings in the West Lothian area are waste piles of burnt oil-shale, left over after the extraction of oil and paraffin.
More information about the local shale oil industry: