Revised £40m plan for resort at Loch Lomond
Proposed civic square at Lomond Banks
Flamingo Land has revived plans to build a £40 million tourist destination at Loch Lomond after an earlier project was thrown out following objections from planning officials and more than 50,000 local people.
It has returned almost two years later with a revamped proposal which will be an accommodation-led resort, devised to “complement the local environment”.
The company hopes this will appease those who objected to the prospect of a theme park on their doorstep and in an area of outstanding beauty.
The new proposals for West Riverside and Woodbank House, adjacent to Loch Lomond Shores, have 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. A scoping request was submitted on 1 June ahead of a formal planning application to The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
The intention of the developers is to create a “world-class waterfront tourist destination” which includes visitor accommodation and scenic walkways that are sympathetic to the local environment.
It will allow for public access throughout the site whilst securing the long-term future of the derelict historic listed Woodbank House, currently on the Buildings at Risk Register. The development will also provide learning and training opportunities for visitors and staff and will create close links to local schools and colleges.
Jim Paterson, development director for the Lomond Banks project, said: “We have listened to the issues raised around the original proposal and with further feedback will look to make some important, very significant, amendments to the plans to ensure Lomond Banks will be in keeping with its environment.