School plan adds to Armadale town hub

The latest phase of the redevelopment of a former opencast site in West Lothian has been unveiled.

SDA Ltd has submitted plans for a 3,400m2 primary school south of the town of Armadale, where a community hub is proposed around a station on the new Bathgate-Airdrie rail link. It follows the submission in June of a 3,700m2 supermarket with car parking and a park-and-ride.

The £200 million scheme also includes 1,000 homes, shops, a multiplex cinema, restaurants, a hotel, a care home, a business park and an industrial estate plus public parks. It is expected to create 4,500 jobs.

Subject to planning approval, it is anticipated that the supermarket will open at the same time as the railway station in December next year, with the school accepting its first pupils in 2011.

"It is fantastic to see the application for the school being lodged with West Lothian Council, with which we have worked closely," said SDA spokeswoman Sandra Carter.

"Our proposal aims to deliver a fully integrated Armadale and the school, supermarket and community facilities help in this process. Our vision to stimulate economic growth and benefit this area of West Lothian is well on the way to being realised," Carter added.

The project is part of the larger Armadale core development area, where it is proposed to create a sustainable community of up to 2,000 houses and 35ha of employment land.

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