An application for an exciting new houseboat holiday park in a West Lothian quarry has been approved.
West Lothian Council granted the proposal on May 28 from the developers North Couston 2012 Ltd for the formation of 10 houseboat moorings for short term holiday let.
There have already been various applications at the site over the years to build leisure and holiday facilities at the former sand and gravel workings at North Couston Quarry, just outside of Bathgate.
Each boat can provide accommodation for up to five people are fitted with batteries and solar panels as well as water tanks and waste-water tanks.
The developers believe the holiday park will be a welcome addition to West Lothian.
A spokesperson explained: “The boats would be moored in the eastern pond and would be let out as holiday accommodation.
“In terms of their footprint within the more extensive North Couston site, the houseboats would have limited impact, with nominal presence, occupying a fraction of the available ground.
“The concept of houseboats as accommodation rather than lodges, static caravans etc, is an opportunity to provide something different for visitors to the area.”
The site is accessed from the A800 road to Bathgate, to the east of the junction with the A801 which connects Junction 4 of the M8 to Junction 4 of the M9.
The education and road planning departments at the council had no concerns about the aquatic holiday park.
Approving the application, head of planning at West Lothian Council, Craig McCorriston, said: “The proposed houseboats are acceptable in principle and are of a modest scale that will not have an adverse impact on the surrounding area in terms of visual and residential amenity.
“The proposal complies with policies ENV 3, EMP 7 and DES 1 of the West Lothian Local Development Plan 2018. There are no material considerations that outweigh this conclusion.”
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