AN application to build 39 affordable homes on land at Dumbain Road in Balloch has been refused by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.

The application, which was made by Dumbritton Housing Association and West Dunbartonshire Council in 2019, was for 22 houses and 17 flats in a field located on the north side of Dumbain Road.

However, the proposals have been rejected by the Park Authority, who cited geographical issues and the building of the homes on National Park ground conflicting with National Park Aims to conserve and enhance the natural heritage of the area.

There were also objections from Balloch & Haldane and Kilmaronock Community Councils who said the council currently have the housing situation in the area under control with existing homes being upgraded as well as other brown field sites more suitable to build on.

A representative from Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust, who also objected, commented: “Stretches of the Ballagan Burn, directly above the proposed development, are some of the most prolific and important fish spawning locations in this area and the Burn may hose a population of river and brook lamprey.”

A decision notice to reject the plans was given on December 21, 2020.