Flamingo Land’s plans for £30m Balloch leisure complex to go on show

Flamingo Land’s plans for £30m Balloch leisure complex to go on show

The proposals for the controversial development will be on display during a two-day exhibition on November 17

Residents will get a first look at the plans for a new £30million leisure park on Loch Lomond as developers launch the first of their public consultations next week.

The proposals for the controversial development, which were announced last September, will be on display during a two-day exhibition on November 17 and 18.

Theme park operator Flamingo Land Ltd – who are behind the proposals for West Riverside in Balloch – will also host another event on December 4 to allow the public to quiz those behind the project.

The company, which has attractions in North Yorkshire, submitted their Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) last month, detailing their plans to host the public events.

Flamingo Land Ltd is required to host at least one public event to inform residents on the plans due to the scale of the proposals, which place the project in the “major development” category.

These events will allow residents to submit their views on the plans for the site, ahead of Flamingo Land submitting their proposals next year.

People will then have a further opportunity to share their views once the plans are submitted to the national park for consideration.

If approved the theme park operator will transform the 20-hectare site into an area with lodges, a boutique hotel, hostel and glamping pods as well as “high-quality family-based attractions and restaurants”.

Plans for the 100m viewing tower were included in the most recent plans for the Loch Lomondside development.

Balloch Community Council, who previously backed the plans, will be meeting with Flamingo Land next week to view the proposals ahead of the events next weekend.

Speaking about the consultations, chairman Murdoch Cameron said: “These events provide people with a chance to go along and see what is being offered to the area by Flamingo Land.

“It is also a good opportunity for people to make their views known. We at the community council are looking forward to seeing how things progress during these events.”

Since being selected as the developers for the site by Scottish Enterprise, the Flamingo Land development has divided opinion among locals.

Two petitions are circulating which claim the development plans are not in keeping with the area. Together they have over 32,000 supporters.

However, a number of Balloch businesses have welcomed the addition of the resort to the area, saying it will have a beneficial impact on local business.

Two long-standing Balloch hotels remain positive about what it will bring to the area.

Balloch House Hotel has been trading in the area since the 1800s, and management believe the resort will have a positive impact, while The Tullie Inn, also think it will bring more tourists to the area, which Balloch businesses depend on.

Source: Daily Record

Image: A map of the West Riverside site on which Flamingo Land Ltd hope to build a £30m leisure park (Image: UGC MSR

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