Flamingoland Ltd and Scottish Enterprise have today withdrawn their planning application for the site at West Riverside, Balloch within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
The outline planning application, which had already undergone changes, has now been withdrawn completely amid an outcry from local people who were concerned about the impact that the development would have on the area. The application had received thousands of objections and was due to be considered by the National Park board on 24 September, with officers recommending refusal.
The application for a holiday park included a variety of family accommodation facilities including a 60-bedroom apart-hotel, 32-bedroom budget accommodation, 131 self-catering units, six private houses and 15 apartments.
“This is good news for local people. Flamingoland’s planning application was rejected by thousands of local people who submitted objections and the overwhelming majority of people who approached me were opposed to the development due to the potential impact on the area.
“It was clear that Flamingoland had little interest in ensuring local people’s voices were heard during the process and were dismissive of many of the views which were voiced.
“Tourism related development is welcome in Balloch, as long as it enhances the offering which is already in place in the village. My view is that the area deserves better.
“I hope that this will pave the way for a more sensitive development in the future.”