Plans unveiled for £30m tourist development at Loch Lomond

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Loch Lomond,
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Plans for a new £30m tourist development at Loch Lomond have been unveiled by Flamingo Land Limited and Scottish Enterprise

As part of the proposals, Flamingo Land and Scottish Enterprise revealed a 60-bedroom apart-hotel, 32-bedroom budget accommodation, a craft brewery, boat house, leisure centre and restaurants.

Public footpaths and green spaces will also be renovated as part of the Loch Lomond proposals.

It is projected the Lomond Banks development at Balloch would create 80 full-time jobs, 50 part-time jobs and 70 seasonal roles in the area.

In comments to the BBC, Lomond Banks director Andy Miller said: “As you can see from our artist impressions, we are fully committed to seeing Balloch become the true gateway to Loch Lomond.

“Our plans for West Riverside and Woodbank House offer an opportunity for a unique leisure-based development and, with Lomond Banks, Scotland will have a quality destination that respects and compliments the surrounding area.”

As part of the planning process those who live locally will have the opportunity to view the plans.

The application will also have to be determined by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park planning and access committee.

A spokesperson for Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority said: “This application for planning permission in principle is currently in the planning assessment phase.

“This process had been paused while we waited to receive further information we requested from the applicant in August 2018 to allow us to conclude our assessment. That information has now been received and forms part of the original application.

“All representations already received will continue to be considered as part of the planning assessment however there’s now a further opportunity for people to comment on the proposal in light of the new information if they wish to.

“An application of this scale takes a significant amount of time to assess and determine and we have also received a high volume of comments from members of the public. No determination date has yet been set for this application. Once this has date has been confirmed this will be publicised and everyone who has submitted a representation to the application will be informed.”

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