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Fresh proposals submitted for Loch Lomond resort

Words: Roger Milne
Balloch, Loch Lomond / Oenz, Shutterstock_1939905772

The company behind the Flamingo resort, zoo and theme park in North Yorkshire has lodged an outline planning application to build a £40 million visitor attraction at Balloch on Loch Lomond.

The projected site, by the River Leven, is owned by Scottish Enterprise.

The scheme includes plans for a waterpark, spa, leisure pool, a monorail, a craft brewery and pub, restaurants, a 60-bedroom apartment hotel and a budget hotel with up to 32 bed spaces. There are also proposals for up to 127 self-catering holiday lodges, up to 21 self-catering flats, play areas, and a performance space and parking provision.

An earlier withdrawn scheme submitted in 2018 to the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority triggered a record number of objections.

Developer Flamingo Lands is emphasising this latest scheme’s green credentials and claims it is more in keeping with the natural landscape. This time the scheme does not propose any development in Drumkinnon Wood, an area of ancient woodland.

The proposals, known as Lomond Banks, would involve the retention of the grade-A listed Woodbank House, which is on the Buildings at Risk Register. The conservation and redevelopment of the listed structures within the site will be subject to future applications for detailed planning permission and listed building consent.

The scheme has been the subject of nearly 12 months of extensive community consultation, which has led to a number of fundamental changes compared with the original proposals, claims the developer.

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