Flamingo Land development chiefs welcome council leader's comments on Balloch plans

Development chiefs behind plans for a £40million tourist resort on the banks of Loch Lomond have welcomed comments made by the leader of West Dunbartonshire Council.

Last month we told how Labour leader of WDC, and Lomond ward member, Martin Rooney said he believed the Lomond Banks development would benefit the area

The veteran councillor told the Lennox that it was “a choice between supporting significant investment in tourism or accepting continued decline”.

Yorkshire-based Flamingo Land is seeking permission for a resort on land at West Riverside, that would see hotels, a monorail, a water park, swimming pool, restaurants, two car parks and more than 100 forest lodges built.

More than 80,000 people have signed an online petition against the development, with fears over the impact it would have on the stunning lochside landscape - with the Scottish Greens labelling it “the most objected to planning application in Scottish history.”

Councillor Rooney was speaking after Lomond Banks was given the thumbs up by Alexandria Community Council - who stressed that they didn’t speak for everyone in the area, but believed the plans would boost the local economy in the Vale.

West Riverside development area, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch, near Glasgow.
The development would be built on land at West Riverside. -Credit:DAILY RECORD

And the local backing was welcomed by Jim Paterson, development Director for Lomond Banks.

He said: “We have always recognised the fantastic tourism opportunity at West Riverside and Woodbank House and our vision for the area very much focuses on inward investment, jobs, training, and real opportunities for local businesses.

“This area has long been zoned and identified in local development plans as an area for key tourism development and we believe our revised plans, while sympathetic to their surroundings, creates the much-needed, and long-awaited link between Balloch village and Lomond Shores - an exciting prospect for the gateway to Loch Lomond.

“We welcome Councillor Rooney’s comments about the proposals and mirror the sentiment that it is a choice between supporting significant investment in tourism or accepting continued decline.

“His comments along with the recent support from Alexandria Community Council is indeed very encouraging.

“We are committed to ensuring that our proposed plans would bring huge economic benefits to the local area and have taken our dedication to these pledges by submitting a unilateral agreement to the National Park in the form of the Lomond Promise which outlines how we will be a good neighbour, partner and employer should these plans progress.

“We have been in constant liaison with local groups and businesses clarifying what is and is not included in the plans and dispelling the many myths that are circulating about the proposals.We remain committed to our plans which are now very much shaped by community and stakeholder feedback and look forward to seeing these plans progress to determination by the National Park.”

Artists' impression of Lomond Banks development at Balloch, proposed by Flamingo Land.
Artists' impression of Lomond Banks development at Balloch, proposed by Flamingo Land. -Credit:Lomond Banks

Earlier this year Balloch and Haldane Community Council formally objected to the plans, saying: “We don’t want to deter inward investment. We want to attract new facilities, innovative ideas and drIve employment. But we want to do it in the right way.”

West Dunbartonshire Council elected to remain neutral on the plans, which will be decided by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority later this year.