A second round of consultations for the £40 million Lomond Banks tourist development plans in Balloch will get under way next week.

The online portal will once again be open to the community from Monday November 22 for two weeks, showing the ongoing progress the application is making ahead of the planning submission in February 2022.

A face-to-face event has also been arranged and will take place on Thursday,  November 25 from 2pm to 7pm at Lomond Parish Hall, Balloch.

The team behind the development proposals will be on-hand throughout the in-person event to talk through the plans with the wider community and gather further feedback on its latest proposals for the area.

This forms part of the extended consultation period which started in September, designed to provide stakeholders, members of the local community and other interested parties with a number of opportunities to engage – with all opinions and thoughts welcomed by the Lomond Banks team - to help shape their plans ahead of its estimated February submission, with initial feedback to be reviewed on Friday, December 10.

This second consultation will also cover updates on the plans following the first round of consultation and the feedback received from the community in September.

Jim Paterson, development director for the Lomond Banks project, said: "We are delighted to bring our second round of consultation to the Balloch community and, along with our face-to-face event, give people more opportunity to engage with our plans.

"The level of engagement and support from the local community during the first round was incredibly encouraging and very useful as we move our plans forward.

"Our vision is to create a sustainable world-class visitor experience here at Lomond Banks, one in which the local community and businesses of Balloch can be proud.

"Central to this vision is our commitment to the local area. Even at this early stage, partnerships with local organisations, training and employment opportunities and local businesses are key.

"With hundreds of jobs and an investment of £40 million, the economic benefits of Lomond Banks are compelling, providing a real opportunity to give a boost to the Balloch and the wider Loch Lomond area.”

People can sign up for the online and virtual consultation events on the Lomond Banks website, via www.lomondbanks.com/consultation.

Updated plans can be accessed from November 22 for the community to view and comment on. 

Damon Scott, chief executive of the Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The initial engagement sessions provided a valuable opportunity for local businesses to provide input and to influence the ongoing development of the Lomond Banks plans.

“It is encouraging to see that the areas discussed have been incorporated into the updated plans and this next phase of consultation will give the business community another important chance to review and feed in.

“A number of the priorities highlighted by the business community continue to be given prominence including commitment to local enterprises, traffic, transport, jobs and training to create significant economic impact.”