Historic Environment Scotland approved plans to build a canal marina in Winchburgh, enabling work to begin early in the new year.
The development will eventually allow boaters to access Falkirk or beyond through the canal in the new town being developed around the historic village-and vice versa.
The marina will include 20 berths and 29 additional canal moorings, providing enhanced access to the public while at the same time attracting homebuilders and business operators.
John Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of Winchburgh Developments Ltd. said: “The new canal marina is central to the Winchburgh Masterplan, enhancing the city centre environment and connecting new green spaces through a network of public cycle paths and trails.
“Modern commercial and residential areas will be overlooking the marina, offering excellent recreational room for Winchburgh that few towns in Scotland can claim.
“We’re sure the area’s going to be a great resource.”
Catherine Topley, chief executive of Scottish Canals, said: “The Winchburgh Canal Marina would bring great advantages to Winchburgh’s local people and Scottish canal users.
“It’s appropriate that as we reach the 200th anniversary of the Union Canal’s construction, we’ll also be able to welcome this latest marina in Winchburgh and extend its rich history.”