Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, has today asked the First Minister whether she would support consideration of a community buyout at West Riverside in Balloch, following the withdrawal of a planning application by Flamingo Land Limited.
The MSP also took the opportunity to ask the First Minister whether the agreement with Scottish Enterprise, who own the site at Balloch is now set aside.
Flamingo Land Limited withdrew their planning application following thousands of objections to their proposals for development within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park just a week before the application was due to be considered by the board.
“I have previously voiced my objection to the planning application which was submitted by Flamingo Land Limited due to concerns about the impact on the surrounding community, including local businesses, and the lack of clarity over jobs. I am not against development but I think we can get better economic benefit than this represents.
“Members of the local community have been keen to buy the land to enable them to develop it for the benefit of the community.
“I am now hopeful that despite an exclusivity agreement with Scottish Enterprise until 2020, the withdrawal of the planning application will mean that other interested parties can buy the land to develop.”