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Placemaking in Whitburn

As part of the 'Placemaking in Whitburn' initiative, West Lothian Council is to undertake a town centre 'charette'. A charrette is an intensive consultation that engages local people in the design of their community.

This place-based approach is required to decide how best use planned resources for the town and, to create a masterplan that coordinates and maximises these resources, and looks to bring in external funding. 

This initiative is funded by West Lothian Council and from a successful bid to the Scottish Government's Charrette Mainstreaming Programme 2014/15. The council is working closely with Whitburn Community Council in planning and implementing this exercise.

Update: 1 June 2015

Following ongoing consultation with other services and community groups, the masterplan for Whitburn (which will outline the Development Framework and Action Plan following the charrette exercise undertaken in April) is being drafted at present and should be finalised over June. 

Update: 24 April 2015

The Final Outcomes Report back and Presentations took place on Thursday 23 April. The presentation (attached) was provided by the contractor for the exercise to 62 residents and staff from public, private and voluntary agencies. The proposed actions are being considered by the relevant parties, and this will form the masterplan for the town that will be created from this process. Please note that the presentation had an accompanying commentary which provided further detail and context to the slides. 

Update: 10 April 2015

Please see the slides from the Whitburn Charette here  pdf icon Whitburn Pin-Up Session slides [13Mb] . These slides were part of the presentation which concluded the first part of the 'charrette' exercise. The contractors for the exercise are busy collating information gathered during the exercise and developing these ideas into more practical actions. These will be presented at the Final Outcomes Report and Presentations which will be at 3pm and 7pm on Thursday 23 April 2015 in Whitburn Community Centre. These are open to all and include presentations and exhibitions of work.

For further information contact Scott McKillop, Community Regeneration Officer, Area Services, West Lothian Council, Tel: 01506 281092 or Email:

Placemaking in Whitburn: Aims and Objectives

The placemaking exercise aims to develop a long term vision, development framework and masterplan for Whitburn which will:

  • maximise investment through providing decision-makers with an evidence-based, holistic plan for the town to inform resource allocation;
  • create a shared vision for the town and wider Whitburn area, in particular, to inform planning for the town centre and partnership centre;
  • better link and integrate the Heartlands development and Polkemmet Country Park with the town centre; and
  • ensure effective community involvement in regenerating the Whitburn area, and provide a basis for future community engagement for the development of the town.

Planning And Design Workshops

The programme for the charrette is available here pdf icon Whitburn Charette Programme March April 2015 [22kb]

There will be a number of launch events on 30 March in Whitburn Community Centre including an exhibition by the local schools on work they have done in the build-up to the charrette.

Planning and design workshops will be held in the Whitburn Burgh Halls between 31 March and 2 April 2015. The workshops will be facilitated by a team led by Austin-Smith:Lord (urban designers & architects), and also including:

  • Ryden (local property & regeneration specialists), 
  • Peter Brett Associates (Transport Planners) and, 
  • WAVE (a community arts based organisation).

There will also be opportunity for members of the public to 'drop-in' to the Burgh Halls to have their say on Tuesday 31 March and Wednesday 1 April. 

Over the four day period the public, designers and specialists will be working together, 'hands on', to prepare the masterplan for Whitburn, with the emerging ideas translated into plans and drawings.  A final presentation / exhibition of the charrette will be held on the Thursday 23 of April in the Whitburn Community Centre.

Why Whitburn?

The charrette is part of a wider approach to placemaking that is being delivered in Whitburn. This recognises that an approach that looks at the planned and potential investments for the town as a whole is required.