Lomond Banks development enters second round of public consultation
A second round of consultations has been announced to allow the local community to become more engaged in the Lomond Banks in Woodbank and West Riverside in Balloch projects.
The online portal will be open to the community from November 22 for two weeks, showing the continued progress of the application ahead of schedule submission in February 2022.
A face-to-face event has also been organized and will take place on November 25 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lomond parish hall. The team behind the proposed tourism development will be on hand to discuss plans and gather feedback.
This is part of the extended consultation period that began in September, designed to provide stakeholders, members of the local community and other interested parties with a number of opportunities to engage, with initial comments to be expected. be reviewed on December 10.
This second consultation will also focus on updates to the plans, following the first round of consultation and comments received in September.
The main focus areas that have been identified during this initial period are the Pierhead region, integration with the Balloch community, the emphasis on fair work, education and training, as well as traffic and transportation problems.
The Lomond Banks team have said they hope to convey their overall vision for the £ 40million development.
Jim Paterson, Lomond Banks Project Development Director, said: “The level of engagement and support from the local community during the first round has been incredibly encouraging and very helpful as we move our plans forward.
“Our vision is to create a sustainable visitor experience here at Lomond Banks that the local community and businesses in Balloch can be proud of.
“At the heart of this vision is our commitment to the region – even at this early stage, partnerships with local organizations, training and employment opportunities and local businesses are essential,” he continued, adding: “With hundreds of jobs and an investment of £ 40 million, the economic benefits of Lomond Banks are compelling, offering a real opportunity to give Balloch and the wider Loch Lomond area a boost.
In 2019, plans for the controversial tourism and recreation development of Lomond Banks in Balloch were canceled.
Developers Flamingo Land and Scottish Enterprise have withdrawn their planning request for the proposed construction of facilities comprising a 60-room hotel, 32-room “budget accommodation” and self-catering units.
The plans had sparked protests and a planning report from the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority raised concerns about its impact on Pierhead and Drumkinnon Woods. More than 50,000 people have signed a petition opposing the proposal.
However, earlier this year Flamingo Land submitted a revised application to the National Park Authority and appointed a dedicated community engagement manager to facilitate the process.
After listening to the questions raised around the initial proposal submitted in 2017, the team at Lomond Banks said their vision of creating a new resort will be designed to complement the local environment, while bringing in investment and the creation of jobs in the region.
The Scottish Greens’ MSP for the West of Scotland, Ross Greer, said: “Flamingo Land has certainly improved its PR game since its disastrous first attempt, but calling their plans’ sustainable ‘is not going to waste any time. view of the community.
“Thanks to the Greens, Scotland’s approach to planning is evolving to provide greater protection for places like Loch Lomond.
“The interests of communities and the local environment will no longer rank low after those of businesses seeking to take advantage of our world-renowned natural landscapes. “
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