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ITS approach to care was then revolutionary, and an entire village complex was supported by a working farm, church, shop and bakery before the rural idyll for vulnerable people was left to became a crumbling folly.

Now the former Bangour Village psychiatric hospital site in West Lothian –the size of 100 football pitches and including 15 listed buildings – is set to be taken over by a housing developer after lying empty for 14 years.

NHS Lothian, has a planning application going through the system for 891 homes, 800 new build and 91 conversions, and a primary school.

It is the second attempt to lay foundations for new homes there after an earlier effort fell victim to the economic downturn.

Allanwater Homes, based in Bridge of Allan, would not comment on its plans for the site but confirmed it has lodged a bid with owner NHS Lothian and that dialogue was ongoing.

It comes after renewed efforts were made to sell the site last year.

NHS Lothian, advised by the Scottish Futures Trust, appointed property advisers CBRe and Justin Lamb Associates to revive interest ahead of a planning decision through West Lothian Council.

Justin Lamb said Bangour is “probably the best opportunity in Scotland to deliver a new village in a mature landscape.”

Source: Herald Scotland

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