Lomond Banks: new building permit application unveiled

New plans have been revealed for massive tourism and leisure development at the southern end of Loch Lomond.

Previous proposals for the West Riverside and Woodbank House sites in Balloch – known as Lomond Banks – were dropped in the face of massive opposition.

Now an application for ‘planning permission in principle’ has been submitted to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority by Flamingo Land Ltd of Malton in North Yorkshire – and naysayers have already expressed continued concern.

The plans would include:

  • A leisure base, swimming pool, water park and spa
  • Restaurants, cafes and retail spaces
  • A craft brewery including a pub
  • A monorail
  • A 60-room aparthotel
  • A budget hotel with up to 32 beds
  • 127 independent lodges
  • Restoration of the listed Woodbank House and conversion of its outbuildings into self-contained holiday apartments.

An application for ‘building permission in principle’ means the developer doesn’t have to submit detailed designs for their project – but Lomond Banks’ new application documents still stretch to hundreds of pages.

Green MSP Ross Greer has launched a petition against previous plans for Flamingo Land, which were unveiled in May 2018 and then revised before being entirely withdrawn in September the following year.

The previous request drew more than 50,000 objections and was recommended for denial by national park planners before being dropped.

Mr Greer, who represents the region as MSP for the West of Scotland region, said: “This is a huge bid and it will take us some time to digest the details, but it looks like our Save Loch Lomond campaign has scored at least one big win, the preservation of Drumkinnon Woods.

“That being said, the overall scale of the proposals is still the same, with roughly the same number of lodges and a hotel of exactly the same capacity as last time. This will put enormous pressure on local roads and have a obvious impact on residents.

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter:

“Our concerns about continued and unhindered access to the woods for local residents are still relevant and the principle of selling public land to a private developer such as this rightly makes many people deeply unhappy. ease, so these plans are still extremely concerning.

“Flamingo Land has proven to be completely untrustworthy, so my team and I will go over all the final details in the 53 documents associated with the application.

“As always, I look forward to hearing from local residents, so I encourage anyone with a specific concern to contact me.”

For more information and a link to the application documents, Click here.

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