Park authority grants permission for new entrance to fire-ravaged hotel
By Bill Heaney
The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park planning authority has granted planning permission to create a temporary access and reception lodge as the principal public entrance to Cameron House Hotel and holiday resort
This application was submitted by Cameron House in the context of anticipating the reinstatement of the hotel and resort following the tragic fatal fire there in December last year when two young men died.
A Park Authority spokesperson said: “After careful consideration of representations made by both the applicant and members of the public, National Park Authority Board members made the decision to approve the planning application for the temporary use of an upgraded southern access off Old Luss Road in Balloch as the principal entrance /exit for business traffic during the reinstatement work to the hotel. Construction traffic would use the existing main access off the A82.”
The planning permission is for a maximum of two years or on completion of the restoration of the hotel, whichever is soonest, the spokesperson added.
She said that during this time it was agreed additional traffic calming measures will be in place on Old Luss Road, Balloch.
And that Cameron House has also committed to carrying out resurfacing work on the pavement and to upgrade street lighting in Old Luss Road.
Kenneth Gibson, pictured left, who lives in Old Luss Road, and objected to the application, told The Democrat: “The planning proposal has been passed, surprise surprise. We were well prepared which mattered not, it was a forgone conclusion.
“We could have been talking to the wall for all that mattered. We were asked if we were treated fairly. The answer to that is Yes – if that encompasses them paying lip service to the objections.”
The Park Authority spokesperson added: “Cameron House is a very popular and historic resort and this temporary change of use of its south access will support the continued operation of the holiday lodges, marina, restaurant, golf course and sea plane flights whilst the reinstatement of the hotel is undertaken.”
Couple Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson, from London, died in the fire at the luxury Loch Lomond venue on December 18.
Friends and relatives have still not received any details of the cause of the fire and have called on the police and Crown Office to speed up the publication of a report on the matter.