Flamingo Land encouraged by continued engagement on Loch Lomond proposals from community
The team behind Lomond Banks, the proposed new world class tourist development on the banks of Loch Lomond, remain encouraged by the level of community engagement regarding their plans for the area, following on from a second round of consultations this month.
From 22nd November to 10th of December, the Lomond Banks team once again provided stakeholders, members of the local community and other interested parties the opportunity to engage with, and provide feedback on, the current proposals.
The second consultation also saw more than 70 members of the public take the opportunity to attend a face-to-face event at Lomond Parish church on 25th November, to see the plans for themselves and question representatives from Flamingo Land, development architects, and planners.
Representatives from the team behind Lomond Banks were also pleased that West Dunbartonshire Councillors accepted their invitation for a meeting to discuss the current plans and were given time to share their vision for the project moving forward, taking on board feedback from the local community to help further shape the development.
Throughout the two extended consultation periods, more than 1,250 members of the public engaged with the consultation portal on the Lomond Banks website, whilst 150 signed up for a series of online interactive meetings, including a business stakeholder event and public consultation session, which took place in September and October respectively.
Jim Paterson, development director for the Lomond Banks project, said: “Having two consultation periods has not only allowed us to showcase the Lomond Banks development and the benefits we believe it will bring to the area, both for the economy and residents, but it has helped create an open dialogue with the community so that we can take on-board constructive feedback, dispel some of the myths regarding the site and provide reassurances that Lomond Banks will be respectful and in-keeping with the local environment.
“We believe our £40million investment in Balloch will not only create a world class, eco-tourism destination, but that it will bring jobs to the area, boost the local economy and provide a strong and sustainable development that the community will be proud of across future generations.
“Working closely with the community and key stakeholders to help shape our plans for Lomond Banks has been a key priority for us and we have been pleased with the level of engagement over the past few months. We thank everyone who has provided feedback so far, it has been invaluable as we look to finalise our plans ahead of the planning submission.”
With the consultation periods now over, members of the local community can still share feedback and opinions via the Lomond Banks community lead, Fiona Robertson – firstname.lastname@example.org.