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‘Ghost town’ shopping centre abandoned just 25 years after its exciting opening

A shopping centre which opened in 1996, and once attracted more than one million visitors, lies eerily abandoned just 25 years after its official opening.

The West Lothian shopping centre had around 40 shops, including Versace, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Rockport and Levis, and was once hailed at Scotland's premier outlet, Edinburgh Live reports.

Located somewhere between Edinburgh and Glasgow, it also had a Leisureland facility, with soft play, go karts, entertainment centre and many more activities for children, and plans for an £18 million upgrade was approved just ONE YEAR after it opened.

This would have included a snow centre, with ski slops and a children's wonderland, as well as a golf course and putting range.

But the Livingston Designer Outlet, which opened just four years later, put paid to all of that, and just 12 months later, the vast majority of big-name shops at the site had closed.

And the entire site, owned by Freeport, was closed in 2004 – just a little more than eight years after it opened.

Apart from the BBC using it to film a zombie-themed children's show in 2015, the location has been left to rot every since, and has become somewhat of a favourite of Urban Explorers on YouTube.

However, there are no plans to redevelop the site, although West Lothian Council has rejected plans to create housing in the area.

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A spokesman said that in their Local Plan they are “keen to see it redeveloped”.

The spokesman said: “Leisure and tourist uses, specialised employment, starter units (Class 4), or institutional uses appropriate to a rural location will be supported.

“Some element of new or extended building with the development envelope on site and/or housing – with very low density and a maximum of 30 houses meriting a rural location, all confined to the development envelope – will be considered, where this is shown to be necessary in terms of the financial viability of an appropriate scheme.”

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