On this page you can find answers to many of the questions that have been asked about our plans for Lomond Banks. We will update this information on a regular basis, using factual information from our Masterplan and from the many independent reports we have commissioned to support our planning application.
1. Will there be theme park rides on site?
|Lomond Banks will be a family holiday village, not a theme park. We are taking inspiration from Centre Parks and other adventure parks in Scotland, such as Landmark. Our proposals include an external activity area including tree top walk, events and performance areas, children’s play areas, monorail, forest adventure rides, picnic and play areas.|
2. What are your plans for Woodbank House?
|We are committed to the conservation and redevelopment of Woodbank House and other listed structures within the site. These proposals will be subject to future application for planning and listed building consent. Our vision includes plans for up to 15 residential apartments within Woodbank House and up to six self-catered holiday apartments within the refurbished outbuildings.|
3. How many jobs will be created once the project is up and running?
|The proposal is expected to see an investment of approximately £30 million. We anticipate bringing 80 full time jobs, 50 part-time jobs and up to 70 seasonal posts to the area. There will also be hundreds of local jobs created during the construction phase.|
| a. What kind of jobs would be created when fully open? |
There will be jobs in all levels from Management down to shop floor. Example of jobs could be anything from Accounts staff, Operational staff, Catering staff, service staff, leisure staff, grounds staff and many more.
|b. Will there be zero hour contracts? |
No we do not plan to have any zero hour contracts
|c. What will the basic rate of pay be? |
We have agreed to sign up to pay the Scottish Living wage.
4. What are your plans to use local firms?
|We already have an agreement in place with TSL Contractors who will be our main contractor for the works. The company, based in West Central Scotland, are a trusted construction partner who have a strong track record who have an excellent working relationships with Scotland’s construction supply chain. As our plans progress, there will be other supply chain opportunities available and we are committed to using local firms wherever possible.|
5. Will there be a habitat wildlife biodiversity plan to protect the area?
|Our proposals will improve biodiversity through the creation of new habitat and strengthening old habitat. A woodland development management plan will be put in place so that existing woodland is properly managed and wherever possible improved, in order to promote biodiversity and provide a habitat for wildlife. Lomond Banks have already undertaken a number of wildlife surveys as part of these commitments:|
| a. Red Squirrels, Badgers and Pine marten|
While there are some signs of red squirrel and pine martin in the wider landscape, there was no evidence of badger, red squirrel or pine marten recorded within the site boundary during the independent Badger,
| b. Red Squirrel and Pine Marten survey. |
While the woodland and grassland present on the site offers suitable habitat for pine marten and badgers, the existing volume of visitors, dog walkers and general human presence in the locale has reduced the site’s suitability for these animals.
| c. Otter and Water Vole|
Two otter and water vole surveys were conducted along the banks of all watercourses within the site boundary, plus a buffer of approximately 250m downstream and upstream. No signs of otter were identified and no evidence or suitable habitat was identified for water vole within the site boundary during the surveys.
| d. Bats|
As noted within the Bat Survey Report Preliminary Roost Assessment, the majority of trees on site were observed to be semi-mature and in good condition with few features suitable to support roosting bats. They were therefore assessed as having negligible bat roost suitability.
|We are committed to improving the biodiversity of the area and the independent survey results found that increasing, enhancing and managing water quality and the connectivity of appropriate vegetation along watercourses could help to support future habitats within the site boundary.|
6. How many trees will be lost as a result of the project?
|Attractive, sustainable woodlands are key to the overall character of the development, so retention of mature trees and their setting is essential. |
Our proposals will utilise existing spaces or spaces created by the removal of invasive species, whilst ensuring all specimen trees are retained as far as possible. However, due to the nature of the development there will be some loss of woodland, which will require compensatory planting. At PPiP stage, all designs are conceptual and as a consequence, any quantities are indicative.
The total potential woodland loss which requires compensatory planting equates to approximately 11% of the woodland within the development boundary, but only 1.6% of long-established woodland of plantation origin (LEPO).
New woodland areas are therefore proposed as part of the development in the Woodbank and Riverside areas. In total, 19310m2 has been identified within the development boundary that can accommodate woodland planting and as such, the proposed compensatory woodland planting strategy will see more trees being planted than those being lost as a result of the proposed development.
7. What mitigation plans are in place for traﬃc and parking?
|Visitors will be encouraged to leave their car behind and use sustainable travel. Arriving traffic will be managed with controls to ensure the full potential of parking areas is utilised and pedestrian movement is promoted throughout the site and into Balloch. The Transport Assessment which has been submitted in support of the PPiP application suggests there is surplus parking available within or adjacent to the site, based on occupancy figures for weekdays there remains a typical average of 876-1125 spaces available during the week, and 754 to 1036 spaces available at the weekend of the 1329 total spaces available.|
8. How will you ensure that scenic viewpoints are protected in the development?
|Despite its important landscape designations, Balloch Village and infrastructure means that its immediate landscape setting does not have the highly scenic, rugged and wild qualities of the Park that can be experienced further north. Its landscape setting has already been impacted upon by a larger new development (Loch Lomond Shores), by road infrastructure and by housing. The landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA) which was carried out as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process, suggests the proposals would have negligible visual impact from Inchmurrin Island and areas of high ground further afield.|
9. Will I still be able to access the site?
|Under our proposals, the public will continue to be able to walk through the site including the beach area at Drumkinnon bay.|
10. Why are you making a further submission?
|We are committed to working with the community and undertook pre-application consultation to consult at an early stage of the design process, giving those living locally an opportunity to comment on, and contribute to, our preliminary proposals. We understand the importance of Loch Lomond to both local residents and visitors to the area and based on the feedback received at our consultation events and through our questionnaire responses, the following initial design strategies were amended:|
|a. A viewing tower has been removed from the proposals|
|b. A minimum 12 metre wide landscape buffer has been incorporated around Drumkinnon Gate Estate|
|c. Access to all key destinations and routes through the site are to be maintained during the construction phase. Any impacts on walking/cycle routes during the construction phase will be short term and localised diversions will be put in place.|
|d. Access to all key destinations and routes will also be maintained during operation with the quality of some routes enhanced. Some permanent localised diversion may be required, however, this again will be limited to using other land within the applicants’ control to avoid lengthy or circuitous alterations.|
|We are now seeking views on our updated designs and look forward to continuing to engage with the community as our plans progress.|