Local Community Encouraged to Engage with Development Plans

As plans continue to develop for Lomond Banks at Woodbank and West Riverside in Balloch, the team behind the proposed new world-class tourist development is hosting a series of online consultation events over the coming months to share its vision and gather feedback on its latest proposals for the area.

In the first of two extended consultation periods, the consultation portal, due to open on Tuesday 28th September, will provide stakeholders, members of the local community and other interested parties the opportunity to engage and share their feedback on the proposals – with all opinions and thoughts welcomed by the Lomond Banks team to help shape their plans ahead of submission, with initial feedback reveiwed on 15th October 2021.

On the 29th of September a business stakeholder event, facilitated by Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce, and led by the Lomond Banks community lead, Fiona Robertson, will also take place – providing a forum for local businesses and relevant industry representatives to put forward their thoughts on the proposed Lomond Banks development. 

Further to the online portal which will allow visitors to view the current plans, a planned live online session will be held from 7pm – 8pm on Thursday 7th October, where the team will be talking through the plans and answering questions from the public.  

Throughout the extended consultation process, the Lomond Banks team hope to convey its overall vision for the £40m development, highlight its commitment to the community, local businesses and employability, whilst providing a platform for engagement and feedback from all. In addition, the team hopes to introduce its ambitions to become a green net-zero tourist destination, making it a strong and sustainable development fit for the future.

Jim Paterson, development director for the Lomond Banks project, said: “Our vision is to create a sustainable world-class visitor experience here at Lomond Banks, one in which the local community and businesses of Balloch can be proud of.

“Central to this vision is our commitment to working alongside everyone within the area, to help shape our plans and ensure that Lomond Banks benefits both the local economy and residents, as well as being respectful and in-keeping with the environment around us. Our commitment to the local area goes far beyond the planning stages as we consider partnerships with local organisations, local training and employment opportunities and local businesses being key to our long-term supply chain.

“With hundreds of jobs and an investment of £40 million, the economic benefits of Lomond Banks are compelling, providing a real opportunity to give Balloch and the wider Loch Lomond area a much-needed boost. We are therefore providing an extended period of time, across both consultation periods, to welcome all feedback throughout the process and are encouraging the local community, through our public consultation events, to get involved and help shape Lomond Banks, here at Balloch.”

The virtual consultation events have been designed to be as interactive as a face-to-face event would be, allowing for presentation of key project information and plans, as well as providing the opportunity for feedback and providing the local community a voice in shaping Lomond Banks further.

Access to the consultation events will be located on the Lomond Banks website, including the business event, via www.lomondbanks.com  and can be accessed from the 28th September for you to look and comment on. Sign up to the live online event on the 7th October will also be available from the Lomond Banks website.

A more informed and detailed second consultation event is also due to take place in November, to show how community feedback has shaped the development proposals ahead of the plans being submitted to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority.

Further information and FAQs on Lomond Banks can also be found at www.lomondbanks.com/consultation