Flamingo Land latest: Public to get the chance to quiz Balloch developers

By Lorraine Weir

Residents will be able to grill bosses behind new plans for a £40million tourist development at Balloch next month.

Flamingo Land, trading under Lomond Banks, will be engaging in consultation with local people, businesses and other organisations in their latest bid to develop the West Riverside site.

The firm withdrew plans two years ago for the holiday village after Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park planners recommended they be refused.

This followed thousands of objections including a petition amassing almost 60,000 signatures.

They revealed late last year that they would be submitting new plans and are set to hear the public’s view on them which they say will “help shape their plans ahead of submission”.

The company say the facility will lead to the provision of 200 jobs.

Lomond Banks development director, Jim Paterson 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.

“With hundreds of jobs and an investment of £40million, 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.”

A consultation portal is due to open on Tuesday, September 28 which will provide stakeholders, members of the local community and other interested parties the opportunity to engage and share their feedback on the proposals and initial feedback will be reviewed on October 15.

On Wednesday, September 29 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.

There will also be a planned live online session from 7pm until 8pm on Thursday, October 7, where the team will be talking through the plans and answering questions from the public.

More information is available at www.lomondbanks.com

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