Flamingo Land withdrew its first planning application in 2019 when more than 55,000 people objected
By David Meikle in The Times of London
Heritage leaders have opposed plans for a £40 million tourist resort on the banks of Loch Lomond.
The National Trust for Scotland raised fears the plans could harm ancient woodland and existing businesses.
Flamingo Land aka Lomond Banks, based in Yorkshire, has reapplied to build the destination after altering a previous plan.
Lomond Banks would include a 60-bed hotel, 127 self-catering lodges, a swimming pool and a water park, as well as cafés, restaurants and shops.
The National Trust has submitted a letter of objection to the scheme.
It said: “The Trust recognises that the applicant has taken into account comments on their previous proposals and has made a number of improvements.
“We believe more can still be done, particularly in safeguarding the areas of ancient woodland and in ensuring the development connects to the wider community and the local economy.”
Flamingo Land withdrew its first planning application in 2019 after more than 55,000 people objected.
Lomond Banks’s development director, Jim Paterson, said: “We have listened to the issues raised throughout our consultation process, and the plans now include very significant amendments to ensure Lomond Banks will be in keeping with its environment and protect its treasured assets.”
It’s of course confidential but very concerning how reports are suggesting that Scottish Enterprise is giving the land to Flamingo Land for effectively nothing.
Based upon land plot prices the circa 44 acre site would be worth around £38 million.
No wonder a Flamingo Land representative when asked at a public council meeting why they had to own the land responded to say… ” that’s just because of the way our business model works”
I’ll bet it does. Good business if you can get it. Just like the Clyde Port Authority privatisation and sell off where huge land tracts, and the ports are now owned by Peel Development Holdings.
If you see Sid, or is it Gordon, you should tell him.