Flamingo Land has resubmitted a bid to open a £40m “accommodation led resort” in Balloch, Loch Lomond, featuring a leisure centre, craft brewery, and restaurants.
The new plan comes after the operator’s 2019 proposal was met with a 60,000-signatory petition opposing the development, and refusal from national park planning officers.
“We have listened to the issues raised around the original proposal and with further feedback will look to make some important, very significant, amendments to the plans to ensure Lomond Banks will be in keeping with its environment,” said development director Jim Paterson.
“We also want to reassure the local community that consultation is at the heart of our plans. Our intention here from the outset was never to build a theme park but to bring to the area a development that has the potential to become a world-class tourism destination.”
Residents had previously opposed the plan to site lodges on Drumkinnon Wood and the massing of buildings around the pierhead area, while the operator’s scheme to redevelop the site around Woodbank House also drew criticism.
However, working with planning consultant Stantec and architects Anderson, Bell and Christie, Flamingo Land has now submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment scoping request ahead of delivering a formal proposal of application notice to The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
“Our environmental and commercial commitment to Balloch and West Riverside remains strong and our proposed development comes at a time when economic investment and meaningful growth in the local tourism market is required,” added Paterson.