Scottish Government investment in a major building project between Edinburgh and Glasgow will create jobs, strengthen skills and grow the economy.
The latest phase of the Southdale, one of Scotland’s largest regeneration projects, has received £350,000 from the Scottish Government’s Housebuilding Infrastructure Loan Fund.
Around 380 homes will be built by Taylor Wimpey and Bellway in the next two to four years at Southdale, a southern extension to the town of Armadale in West Lothian. Land will also be transferred back to the Council to deliver a new Primary School.
Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance was present to break ground for the new housing at the Bellway Homes site. She said:
“The Southdale development will not only create a new community in West Lothian, complete with its own primary school, it will boost local skills and employment, creating jobs in construction and other sectors vital to the Scottish economy.
“I am very pleased that the Scottish Government has been able to invest in the next phase of Southdale. We will continue to work with West Lothian Council, firms and key stakeholders to ensure the project continues to develop, strengthening Scotland’s infrastructure and boosting economic growth.
“Being so centrally located and within equal distance from Scotland’s two largest cities also makes the project even more attractive to investors and potential home buyers and I will watch progress on Southdale with a great deal of interest.”
Sandra Carter, Director for Southdale developers, EWP Investments Ltd, said:
“We are delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary taking time out of her busy schedule to break ground for the second phase of housing and would like to thank the community for their strong backing for this exciting development.
“Southdale is one of Scotland’s largest and fastest growing regeneration projects and over the next few months we will be engaging in some intensive promotion to attract investors into West Lothian and to our development, bringing with them considerable employment opportunities.”
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- Southdale is one of Scotland’s largest and fastest growing regeneration projects. A southern extension to the town of Armadale in West Lothian, this new community is fully integrated into it and once complete this exciting £400m mixed-use development will eventually encompass over 440 acres and create around 4,500 permanent jobs.
- The first phases of the Southdale development are located within the Armadale Core Development Area (CDA), the first of the West Lothian CDAs to start following the adoption of the Local Plan in 2009 and are being delivered by developer EWP Investments Ltd.
- Southdale has been masterplanned as a community to include housing, employment and business uses, as well as leisure pursuits. This will ensure that newcomers and existing residents in the area benefit from improved amenities and services.
- For further information on Southdale please visit www.southdaledevelopment.co.uk.