PLANS for a £275 million development east of Livingston, including around 1,800 homes, have been submitted to West Lothian Council.
The planning permission in principle application relates to a residential-led, mixed-use development, and relocation of existing farm space.
The planned “Drumshoreland Garden Community” development, at the Clapperton poultry farm complex, would extend to 108 hectares.

The Clapperton land is owned by Amber Real Estate Investments, part of 2 Sisters Food Group.

Amber REI said the site is “a key component of the Scottish poultry supply chain but currently comprises ageing poultry sheds and surplus land". A number of potential alternative sites in West Lothian to which the sheds could be relocated are being considered.
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Around 1,800 homes, including about 450 affordable homes, are proposed as part of the Drumshoreland project. Amber REI said these would be “brought forward” by Elan Homes (Scotland), a sister company. It declared the "low-carbon community" would “address a significant historic housing land supply problem in West Lothian”.

Amber REI said value realised from the project could "underpin a more than £150m package of investment back into the Scottish food and agriculture sector, through...poultry supply chain operations".

Noting plans for current facilities at the Clapperton site to be relocated elsewhere in West Lothian, it added that this would deliver "state-of-the-art operations".

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Amber REI said in a statement: “We are delighted to be submitting these planning applications to West Lothian Council which follows significant pre-application consultations with the local community and other stakeholders. This could deliver significant investment not only in West Lothian but across Scotland as a whole.

“As an exemplar low carbon community Drumshoreland will not only deliver much-needed housing, including affordable housing, but employment, education and community facilities in a unique parkland setting.

It added: “It would also deliver significant post-COVID investment amounting to more than £150 million into the poultry processing supply chain across Scotland, creating jobs, both directly and indirectly, as well as delivering a low carbon future for the agriculture sector.”