LOMOND BANKS SUBMIT NATIONAL PARK APPLICATION
Flamingo Land has submitted its outline planning submission to build a £40m sustainable tourist destination on the banks of Loch Lomond.
This comes following nearly 12 months of extensive community consultation, which has led to several fundamental changes to the plans, compared to the previous submission lodged in 2018.
These include a revised vision of the site adjacent to the pierhead, separate to the public slipway managed by the national park, to be more in keeping with the natural landscape, and the complete removal of any development in the ancient woodland of Drumkinnon Wood.
A statement explained that more extensive ecological evaluations have also been undertaken for this submission to ensure a considered approach to the development and protection of the surrounding environment.
Breaking away from its traditional portfolio of theme parks, the proposed new Lomond Banks development being put forward by Flamingo Land will be centred on a new accommodation-led resort.
The new proposals for West Riverside and Woodbank House, which is adjacent to Loch Lomond Shores, have for some time been identified for tourism development in the Local Development Plan. The Lomond Banks development team will work with planning consultants Stantec and project architects Anderson, Bell + Christie to deliver the project.
Lomond Banks also includes the retention of the Grade A Listed Woodbank House, which is on the ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.
The development has also made pledges regarding employment, supporting local supply chain in the area, as well as providing learning and training opportunities for visitors and staff, alongside creating links to local schools and colleges.
Jim Paterson, development director for the Lomond Banks project, said: “After an extensive period of reflection, community liaison and enhanced ecological studies to make Lomond Banks the best it can be, I am delighted to be submitting our plans and taking forward a proposal which we believe is both robust and of benefit to the local community.
We have listened to the issues raised throughout our consultation process, and the plans now include very significant amendments to ensure Lomond Banks will be in keeping with its environment and protect its treasured assets.”
He said: “Our environmental and commercial commitment to Balloch and West Riverside remains steadfast, and we want to complement what makes Loch Lomond so attractive to visitors – our aim would be to invest and hire locally, as well as working with local businesses to maximise the benefits of the development for all.”
With the outline planning submission having been registered by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, Lomond Banks will now seek Planning Permission in Principle, at this stage. If approved, the team would progress to work on plans for Detailed Planning Permission.
The proposed development comprises a tourism, leisure, and recreation-led mixed-use development, including: Refurbished tourist information building, up to 32-bed budget hotel with up to 127 self-catering lodges of various sizes
It also includes reconstruction and refurbishment of Woodbank House to provide up to 15 self-catering apartments, Leisure pool, Water Park & spa facility and a visitor reception area and hub building.