A CONTROVERSIAL 100-metre tower that was set to form the centrepiece of a proposed £30million leisure park on the banks of Loch Lomond has been scrapped, developers have revealed.

Project lead Andy Miller from Iconic Leisure Development told the Reporter the plans for the tower have been “removed” from the application following a public consultation on the Flamingo Land development proposals.

More than 200 people attended the two-day consultation at Loch Lomond Shores in November last year to view the plans for a 49-acre site at West Riverside, Balloch, and provide feedback.

The plans include lodges, a 60-apartment boutique hotel, “glamping pods,” restaurants, a youth hostel, as well as other attractions.

And following the consultation period, Mr Miller confirmed an application in principle is due to be submitted to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park by the end of this month for validation.

Mr Miller told the Reporter the main concerns raised in November had mainly related to public access.

“The feedback on a whole was positive,” he said.

“Naturally with any potential development there are concerns, however these were mainly around public access, and this will be maintained.

“We had planned a 100-metre tower, however we have now removed this from the application.

“The last main point was traffic and management of this.

“The traffic modelling and assessment is ongoing and will form a big part of the detailed application in due course.”

Mr Miller explained that as soon as the National Park has validated the application in principle, it will be available for view.

And he hopes that the changes they have made will be welcomed by the public.

“The land has been for sale for leisure and tourism since the early nineties and our involvement started three years ago,” he said.

“We have been working closely with the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park to make sure we do more than is required at the PPIP stage, so given this we are slightly behind.

“The reaction during the consultation was positive, so I would hope with the changes we have made following concerned feedback will be received with even better response.”