Our formal objection to Flamingo Land plans at Loch Lomond

Ramblers Scotland has submitted a formal objection to Flamingo Land’s application to create a new holiday resort on the banks of Loch Lomond. 

The developer’s bid for planning permission in principle features a hotel, holiday lodges, a water park, monorail, adventure rides and a tree-top walkway at West Riverside in Balloch, within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

While we oppose this application, we acknowledge the long history of the efforts to develop this site and recognise that the need for investment in recreation and visitor accommodation has been identified in this area. There are aspects of the proposal that we support in principle. 

We are disappointed that the application goes against the Local Development Plan (LDP), published last year after consultation with local communities and others. For example, an area of ancient woodland which is not zoned for development in the LDP would instead feature more than 30 holiday lodges. The developers also propose building up to 20 private residences in another area zoned for ‘visitor experience’ in the LDP. 

Flamingo LandA dog walker enjoying the West Riverside site. 

We believe that the application: 

  • Fails to reflect the aims of the national park and respect the special qualities of the area
  • Is too large – making it inappropriate as a gateway to the national park
  • Impacts upon ancient woodland and the experience of recreational users, in particular due to the monorail and siting of lodges in areas currently used for informal recreation
  • Would result in many more vehicle journeys to an already congested area.

We also feel it is important that the boundary of the site remains permeable, so that the public and guests can continue to enjoy informal access to the woodland, loch shore and riverside.

Keep up to date with further stages of the application process here. At the time of writing, a total 781 public comments had been submitted, of which 760 opposed the development.

We have advised the national park authority and the developer that we are happy to meet to discuss the proposals further.

You can read our full letter of objection here.

Liz Cook


I would like to oppose the planning application as it now stands (Flamingoland at Balloch) for the reasons Ramblers Scotland have outlined on their website.

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Helena Holliday


Please do not destroy what people visit to enjoy - nature & tranquility. Ancient woodland must be preserved - it can not be recreated that easily. Theme parks are unsuitable for such precious places. Skip the novelty and major on walking, to fight obesity and preserve a peaceful environment for people to enjoy and nature to thrive.

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Andrew Culley


This sounds a typical developers ploy of asking for 30% more than he wants then looking the nice guy when 'forced' to scale back his plans. Result: developer gets what he wants, local planners feel good, protesters go away mumbling that it could have been worse. Stamp on this now.

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Irene Harris


It sounds as if greed as usual is the driving force. We need to protect our nature.

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Joe Hunter


There is only ONE loch Lomond please please do NOT destroy our heritage we will never get it back think of the future i think its bad enough just now the way they allowed the shambles that is there now 😪

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Jane Waddington


Please do not destroy the beautiful Loch Lomand with the Flamingoland development.

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Max Kelly


I have many vivid and happy memories of playing on the shores of Loch Lomond with my sister in the 1960's. What a tragic ruination of one of the most beautiful places in the world this would be.....and for what?

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Geoff Hartley


I live only a dozen miles from the Flamingo Land Resort near Malton North Yorkshire, this site has developed from a small zoo in the 70s to a massive theme park today.
To even consider a development such as this on at Loch Lomond is unthinkable in my view.
The National Park will become nothing more than a theme park for day trippers with of cars and rubbish every where.
National Parks are precious places and not in any way meant to accomodate theme parks!!

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Nancy Moynihan


We had our first trip to this area in May. It ia so beautiful it is possible to enjoy what is there without this sort of insensitive development. Do not destroy what people are coming to experience.

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Nancy Moynihan


We had our first trip to this area in May. It ia so beautiful it is possible to enjoy what is there without this sort of insensitive development. Do not destroy what people are coming to experience.

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Jenny Baker


We must do everything we can to protect our National Parks. This development reads as if it will destroy everything that we hold dear to us.
I strongly oppose this development

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Dot Balcombe


I too am strongly opposed to this development. This area was given National Park status for its beautiful, natural scenery and surroundings and to allow monorails and adventure rides would be a travesty. I recognise that visitors need places to stay but these need to be discreet and appropriate, reflecting the fact that the visitors are here to enjoy the countryside not man-made entertainments. We should not be developing any areas of ancient woodland. There isn't much of it left.

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Margaret Allum


No, to more development in places of outstanding natural beauty, when its gone - its gone - for good. The Human Race is rapidly destroying the natural world, we need to halt the destruction before it's too late for future generations.

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Maggie Tear


Leave our countryside alone please! Loch Lomond is one of our most beautiful natural landscapes and needs to be kept so. There are already many theme parks/ resorts that have taken away areas of natural beauty and we need to preserve the rest! The Loch Lomond area already has a problem with cars so why add more congestion to an already busy area?

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Maggie Tear


Leave our countryside alone please! Loch Lomond is one of our most beautiful natural landscapes and needs to be kept so. There are already many theme parks/ resorts that have taken away areas of natural beauty and we need to preserve the rest! The Loch Lomond area already has a problem with cars so why add more congestion to an already busy area?

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Maggie Tear


Leave our countryside alone please! Loch Lomond is one of our most beautiful natural landscapes and needs to be kept so. There are already many theme parks/ resorts that have taken away areas of natural beauty and we need to preserve the rest! The Loch Lomond area already has a problem with cars so why add more congestion to an already busy area?

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Maggie Tear


Leave our countryside alone please! Loch Lomond is one of our most beautiful natural landscapes and needs to be kept so. There are already many theme parks/ resorts that have taken away areas of natural beauty and we need to preserve the rest! The Loch Lomond area already has a problem with cars so why add more congestion to an already busy area?

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