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Flamingo Land abandons controversial Loch Lomond plan

Lomond Banks from Pierhead

How it would have looked: the plan for the loch

Flamingo Land has scrapped plans to develop a £30m tourist resort on the shores of Loch Lomond.

Its decision follows a volley of criticism from local residents and a recommendation by officials at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park to reject the plan.

The controversial Lomond Banks development – a joint venture between the theme park operator and Scottish Enterprise – included plans for a hotel, hostel, restaurants, craft brewery, boat house, leisure centre and six private houses in the Balloch area.

It was estimated that the development would create 80 full-time jobs, 50 part-time jobs and 70 seasonal roles in the area.

On Tuesday the developer announced it had withdrawn the live application, though it has not ruled out submitting fresh plans.

In June, West Dunbartonshire councillors unanimously rejected the development following tens of thousands of objections.

Earlier this month, planning chiefs at the national park recommended for the bid to be refused.

The park’s board was set to consider the report at a special meeting, which was due to be held in public on 24 September.

Andy Miller, director of Lomond Banks, said: “We’ve been working hard with all parties, including the National Park Authority, for more than two years to ensure all information relating to the proposed development was made readily available.

“We appreciate the planners have engaged professionally with our team during the application process, and we know the National Park recognise that the majority of what we propose fits in with the LDP.

“It is therefore surprising and disappointing that their recommendation report raises previously unidentified concerns and highlights the need for new additional information.

“Our priority now is to fully understand concerns, gather the necessary information and dispel some of the myths that continue to circulate around our ambitions for the site.

“It is only at this point, we will consider resubmitting our plans to ensure decision-makers will be able to take a fully informed decision on this important application.”

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