Flamingo Land, the developers behind the Lomond Banks proposals, has reaffirmed its pledge that the area of West Riverside, would remain accessible to all should plans be approved.
The area included with the plans, which stretches from Station Square in Balloch to Drumkinnon Bay at the water’s edge and along to Woodbank House, will remain fully accessible and free to roam to everyone, not just guests, staying at the £40million sustainable tourism resort.
The land in which the Lomond Banks resort would sit, has quite an industrial past and has been identified for tourism development within the National Park’s development plan as well as sitting within the vision of the Balloch Charrette for more than 30 years.
Developers are committed to preserving the natural landscape of the area and are reiterating that being a good neighbour and an accessible location for all to enjoy is at the very heart of its plans.
The revised proposals have removed any development in the ancient woodland area of Drumkinnon Wood to reflect this commitment and to ensure it is focused on retaining this ideal as it moves forward.
James Paterson, Development Director for Lomond Banks, said: “I would like to reaffirm our position that at no point would the resort be closed off to wider visitors. Our intention is to create a tourism and leisure resort that families can come and enjoy as part of their Loch Lomond/Balloch experience, not exclusively so. With this in mind, we wholly appreciate that ensuring access to the area is paramount to creating those strong links with the local community.
“These plans are within a location that for a long time has been designated for such a development, and we believe we have struck the right balance between bringing strong economic growth and employment opportunities to the area, being ecologically sensitive to the natural surroundings and ensuring Lomond Banks is something that everyone will be able to enjoy.
“We have consulted within the local community extensively over the last 12 months and have welcomed a lot of support for the plans, in particular around our accessibility pledge.”