New plans to transform Bangour

New plans which will transform a former hospital site in West Lothian are set to be drawn up by a team of top land developers.

NHS Lothian has appointed property advisers GVA James Barr to develop a masterplan for the future use of the Bangour site.

Bangour, which adjoins the village of Dechmont in West Lothian, stopped operating as a hospital site in 2000 when the last of NHS Lothian’s services relocated.

A Proposal of Application Notice has this week (12 January 2015) been submitted to West Lothian Council and a number of community consultation events will take place over the next three months.

The first public event is scheduled to take place at the Dechmont Community Hall on Friday 6th February (time TBC). These events will help to gather views and shape the look and feel of the site.

A formal application for Planning Permission in Principle will be submitted to West Lothian Council by GVA James Barr on behalf of NHS Lothian in late spring/summer 2015.

Alex McMahon, Director of Strategic Planning, Performance Reporting and Information, NHS Lothian said: “We carried out a thorough selection process and are delighted to have appointed GVA James Barr to take this exciting project forward.

“We are in the initial planning stages of a process which could see the currently desolate Bangour site transformed into a thriving new community.

“We have attempted to market this site previously and hope that this new approach will enable us to find the most appropriate use for a very unique and beautiful site in West Lothian.”

The sense of place created by the original architect and the heritage of the site, along with the future of Dechmont Village will be considered as an integral part of plans for the new Bangour.

Peter Carus, Principal Planner, Planning, Development and Regeneration, GVA James Barr said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and we are delighted to have been appointed to be part of the Bangour Project.

“The special history of Bangour is apparent and we look forward to consulting and engaging with the local community and other parties as the project progresses in 2015.

“We will consult extensively before finalising any ideas and proposals for the site which we would then intend to formalise in a planning application for Planning Permission in Principle to be submitted to West Lothian Council in the summer of 2015.”


Notes to Editors

  • The buildings at Bangour are protected by the entire site’s designation as a Conservation Area. Some of the buildings are also ‘listed’, and the mature woodland setting is protected by a Tree Preservation Order. Historic Scotland, West Lothian Council, The Princes Regeneration Trust and others are fully engaged with NHS Lothian in taking the site forward.
  • Bangour comprises a 220 acre south facing rectangular shaped site adjoining the West Lothian village of Dechmont. Within the site there are 2 “A” listed buildings, 3 “B” listed buildings, 9 “C” listed buildings and numerous unlisted buildings.
  • The exceptional mature woodland and key landscape features will be incorporated to form an essential part of the future life of the new community.
  • Outline plans detailing a strategy for the sale of the site were approved by NHS Lothian’s Capital Investment Group in 2014.
  • A Proposal of Application Notice is the first formal stage in the planning process for ‘major’ applications such as this. Its submission to the Council commences a minimum 12 week period of pre-application consultation, led by the applicant and design team.  The consultation will be used to help shape and inform the future proposals for the site which will be set out in a planning application for ‘planning permission in principle’ (or other application as appropriate)
  • Planning Permission in Principle application is the type of planning application being pursued on this occasion. It seeks to establish the principle of the proposed development in terms of future uses and certain physical parameters of physical works and development.