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New Build Council Housing

This section provides information about West Lothian Council's New Build Housing Programme.

2015-10-19 Kirkhill Onsite Councillor GP, WLC and Lovell

At June 2017, there were 9406 applicants on the Common Housing Register - West Lothian Council, Almond Housing Association and Welso Housing Association. A slight increase from January 2017. This indicates a very high demand for social housing in the area. The Council has a housing stock of approximately 13,000 homes, almost all of which are let out to tenants. As a result of the Right-to-Buy Scheme the number of properties in the council's ownership has reduced. The Right-to-Buy scheme has now come to an end in Scotland as of August 2016. 

Map: New Build in West Lothian - Current and Future Sites

Use the map below to find out more about what we have built and where we are building next in West Lothian.  

Council Housing Phase 1 Map Icon
Phase 1
Council Housing Phase 2 Map Icon
Phase 2
Council Housing Phase 3 Map Icon
1000 Houses

What have we done so far? 

New build housing is not new to the council. In 2007, West Lothian Council began a New Build Council Housing Programme.Two phases of building have already been completed. Phase 1, a total of 255 homes, and Phase 2, a total of 545 homes have been built, with the last site completing in March 2015.

Since 2010, total of 800 new homes have been built which means that West Lothian Council has built more houses than any other local authority in Scotland during the period 2012-2015.

A range of house types and sizes have been delivered including; flats, cottage flats (a 4-in-a-block with individual access), semi-detached, detached family houses and fully accessible bungalows. Valuable lessons have been learned from these projects and this knowledge is now being used in the planning and development of the next phase of new build housing.

Underway: New Build Council Houses

The Council is committed to building in all of the Council's nine wards throughout West Lothian. The Green Housing Icons shown in the map above show where these sites are planned, housing mix and progress so far.

More information on the New Build is available in our monthly pdf icon report. [129kb].

How to apply? 

New build council housing is allocated with a transfer led policy as per Section 5.4.3 (d) of the pdf icon Allocations Policy [731kb]. This means that where possible current tenants, based on individual needs, who have requested to move are considered first.

Please see the links to Housing Advice and Applying for a Council House for more information.