The Heartlands development site is located on lands of the former Polkemmet Colliery, to the south of the M8 motorway, to the west of Whitburn and north of Fauldhouse. The site is strategically located almost centrally between Glasgow and Edinburgh, being only 37km from Glasgow and 34km from Edinburgh.
Heartlands is one of Europe's largest regeneration projects. The Heartlands development has plans for 2,000 diverse new homes, over 1.5 million square feet of commercial space, as well as retail and leisure facilities. Benefiting from the new 4a Junction on the M8 motorway Oil States has located in the business park and development is almost complete for a new Petrol Filling Station, Tesco supermarket with a Petrol Filling Station, an Aldi, a drive-thru KFC restaurant, a McDonalds and drive-thru Starbucks coffee shop. Creating up to 100 new jobs.
There has been significant progress in the Heartlands development project recently. This Autumn has seen the opening of the garage services including a Shell garage and a well-stocked Spar shop, providing a variety of food and drinks as well as other groceries, similar to a small supermarket. A Greggs is also located beside the garage services which provides hot and cold food and beverages.
At the end of September, popular coffee and cakes restaurant Starbucks opened its doors, welcoming everyone to their new drive-through.
Fast food giants, KFC and McDonald’s, are yet to open with construction well underway on McDonald’s premises and KFC is almost ready to open as they await permission to start trading.
The Autumn 2021 update highlighted the soon-to-be opening fast-food restaurants McDonald's and KFC. Both of these fast-food giants have now successfully opened recently within the motorways' service area.
The McDonald's branch is open for dine-in, takeaway, Drive-Thru, delivery services and Click & Serve. The opening of both branches has resulted in boosting employment opportunities for the local area.