A theme park operator’s new plans to create a holiday resort on the banks of Loch Lomond have sparked media coverage, passionate online comment and a petition.
Flamingo Land Ltd has been named as the preferred bidder to develop the 49-acre West Riverside site in Balloch, within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The company has advised that its plans will include lodges, restaurants, a hotel, 'glamping' pods and family attractions.
Helen Todd, Campaigns & Policy Manager at Ramblers Scotland, said: “We await more details, but – on the face of it – these sound like surprising plans for a site that is such a valuable gateway to the natural beauty of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
“An online petition opposing the scheme has already gained tens of thousands of signatures, emphasising the depth of feeling and the widespread belief that national parks must be protected from inappropriate development.
“We hope any plans will lead to the site being sustainably developed in a manner that reflects the importance of the national park to walkers and other recreational users.
“In particular, we urge developers to consider their impact on the landscape, traffic, access and noise – as well as the demand for low-cost visitor accommodation in the area.”
Ramblers Scotland will comment further once outline plans have been submitted, when more details about the proposals will be available.