The new motorway junction at Winchburgh is being constructed to provide strategic access to its expanding community. As well as serving new housing and business, the proposals will facilitate a step change in accessibility for this part of West Lothian.
Outline planning consent for the Winchburgh Masterplan was granted by West Lothian Council in April 2012 and covers the development of a 352 hectare settlement expansion. It includes residential, commercial, industrial, recreation and retail uses. It also includes community facilities, landscaping and open spaces, rail and road infrastructure incorporating a rail station, park and ride facilities, a junction to the M9 motorway and both primary and secondary school provision.
A number of mechanisms were incorporated into a set of planning conditions. They aim to safeguard the commitment to providing the appropriate road infrastructure, which will serve the settlement as it expands. One of these conditions includes a restriction on the construction of no more than 1,000 residential units until the implementation of the new junction on the M9 motorway is complete.