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Placemaking in Whitburn

A 'masterplan' has been finalised for Whitburn in December 2015 which outlines how to develop the town.

Update 9th May 2016

The finalised version of the masterplan was reported to the Development and Transport PDSP on 14 December. Progress on the implementation of the masterplan will now be reported to the meetings of this Local Area Committee as well as the West Lothian Community Planning Partnership.

As many of the actions relate to the town centre, the Whitburn Town Centre Management Group provides the vehicle for progressing these actions. However, in order to further develop and coordinate the other actions within the plan, and work towards developing the Regeneration Plan for the town, it was recognised another group is also required. Therefore, the Regeneration Advisory Group, that will progress the remainder of the masterplan, has been created. It consists of representation from the main community organisations as well as partners from council, health and the college. It has met three times and is looking at progressing the action plan. Aligned to this, Operational Services are leading the Green Network Group which is looking to develop a Green Infrastructure Plan in line with the masterplan action plan to help attract funding to improve the open space and green network in the town.

A full update will be provided to the Whitburn and Blackburn Local Area Committee on 20 June 2016 .

Placemaking in Whitburn

In March and April 2015, funding was provided by the Scottish Government and the council to undertake a town centre 'charrette' (an intensive planning and community engagement exercise) in Whitburn. This recognised that an approach that looked at the planned and potential investments for the town as a whole was required.

The purpose of the charrette was to integrate the various elements of planned investment and activity into a single cohesive masterplan for the area to:

  • maximise investment through providing decision-makers with an evidence based, holistic plan for the town to inform resource allocation and attract external funding;
  • 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.

The full report pdf icon Placemaking In Whitburn Final Report 8 December 2015 [6Mb] was finalised in December 2015 and is split into two main parts:

  • Action Plan: This is based on the four themes which emerged at the outset of the charrette. This covers some aspects of the development framework but focuses on the other actions for council, Community Planning Partners and community organisations.
  • Development Framework: This is split into three parts: buildings, landscape and transport; and is intended to provide a comprehensive framework for moving forward and an ongoing reference point for funders and decision makers. The options are prioritised and references to them are made within the action plan.

Progress on the implementation of the masterplan will be reported to the meetings of the Whitburn and Blackburn Local Area Committee, the reports for which are available on COINS here

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