Scotland is frequently listed as one of the top tourism destinations in the world, with people flocking to experience its nature, landscapes, heritage and communities.
Our masterplan represents a £40 million tourism investment and will help to realise Balloch’s Tourism Destination vision, reaffirming the town as the true gateway to Loch Lomond.
The development, named Lomond Banks, will transform an area of Balloch currently marked for tourism and leisure development in the local plan.
Our new proposal will include some key changes following feedback from the community and the National Park Authority on the earlier application. This helps to address concerns and further respects the sensitivities of the location and its natural beauty.
These will include:
- Reviewing the scale of the proposed buildings at the pierhead area
- Removing the lodges from Drumkinnon Wood
- Reworking the proposals within and around Woodbank House whilst protecting and complementing the amenities of the boat clubs and other local businesses
A variety of family accommodation, facilities for visitors and the local community are proposed, including a craft brewery, leisure centre, restaurants, and landscape upgrades to public footpaths, dog walking routes and greenspaces.
We anticipate bringing approximately 200 full-time and part-time/ seasonal posts to the area. There will also be hundreds of local jobs created during the construction phase.
This world-class family holiday destination will see more people experience everything the area has to offer in line with the vision that has been held by development agencies and the local authority since the early 1990s.
Inspired by the award-winning tourism forest adventure parks and woodland accommodation already on offer in Scotland’s National Parks, Lomond Banks aims to create a quality destination – which is accessible, affordable and family oriented.
The vision will bring new life to the site’s extensive industrial past, by improving biodiversity and providing a visitor hub, active leisure activities, restaurants and cafes, self-catering woodland-lodges and private housing at Woodbank.
Crucially, the masterplan balances protecting and caring for the natural woodland setting that is essential to the overall character of the development and the local area, while creating a welcoming and enjoyable visitor destination that attracts families for days out, holidays and short-breaks.
Local people and the wider community will have the opportunity to view and comment on the plans as part of the process. The application will be determined by The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Planning & Access Committee.