The second phase of Southdale,
a flagship regeneration project in West Lothian, has received
planning permission. We spoke to Sandra Carter, Director of
developer EWP Investments Ltd…
What is this development, in a nutshell?
Southdale is an exciting £200m development underway south of the
former industrial town of Armadale in West Lothian. It is one of
Scotland’s largest regeneration projects and will create more than
4,500 permanent jobs when fully complete.
The mixed-use development includes residential, retail and
leisure and is focused around the Armadale Railway Station on the
Bathgate-Airdrie rail link. Elements of the development include an
Asda supermarket, primary school, multiplex cinema, hotel, care
home, health centre, shops and restaurants, business and industrial
units, extensive public parks and around 1,000 houses and flats –
of which up to 250 will be affordable. There’ll also be additional
links to surrounding roads, including the A801.
Why is it important?
The success of this project against the backdrop of a severe
economic recession is a marvellous achievement. The site itself was
problematic and more than £1m has been spent stabilising the ground
due to widespread mining works in the area.
Southdale is one of West Lothian Council’s Core Development
Areas and is allocated in the local plan for 1,000 residential
units and over a third of a million square feet designated for
employment uses. The project has also been a massive catalyst for
other developments, including a new local primary school and the
Who is behind it and how is it being
EWP Investments, a privately funded company, is leading the
regeneration. 100% of the receipts from the sale of plots to
housebuilders have been reinvested in education provision. At the
completion of the next phase over £16m will have been invested into
How will it benefit the Lothians and
In challenging economic times this regeneration project has
brought around 120 hectares of brownfield land into sustainable
economic use and has acted as a catalyst for other important
developments and government-led projects. It’s a major regeneration
project, delivering millions of pounds of investment locally and
across the Lothians, including much-needed housing and employment
Southdale is also testament to the fact that, with careful
management and engagement with the community, there are some
success stories to come of the recession years. It is hoped that
the early signs of recovery now evident in the property market will
lead to an acceleration of the development of future phases.