Located 12 miles west of Edinburgh, the development at Winchburgh is one of the largest place-making projects currently underway in the UK. When complete, the development will deliver 3,800 new homes, improved transport links, employment opportunities, state-of-the-art schools and stunning new outdoor spaces to this historic village.
The Winchburgh community has played a key role in working with the developer to plan how the land is used and what community facilities should look like – including the local school and design of a new park being developed. As the development’s population increases, it is logistically challenging to keep everyone informed, so a number of residents have stepped forward to become ‘Winchburgh Ambassadors’, taking on a two-way role to communicate information and relay community feedback to the developer.
Watch long-term Winchburgh resident Hazel McLeod and newcomer John West explore the positive benefits of getting involved with community engagement and shaping how the land around them is used. John is a co-founder of the Winchburgh Community Growing Group, which encourages local residents to join in community gardening projects. The village also boasts the Winchburgh Wombles volunteer group which conducts weekly litter-picking activities and is supported by the developer, showing how working together can bring benefits to everyone in the community.
For more information about the acquisition of a vacant site in your area, please visit: Scottish Land Commission – Transforming Vacant and Derelict Land