A CONTROVERSIAL bid to build a tourism development on the shores of Loch Lomond can still be objected to, an MSP confirmed.

Green MSP Ross Greer has confirmed that objections can still be lodged to Flamingo Land’s £40m plans for the shores of Loch Lomond at Balloch.

While the official deadline for comments was March 30, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park have confirmed they will continue to receive comments until a formal recommendation is made by planning officers.

The date on which the final decision will be made is still to be announced by the National Park, with the final recommendation by officers not likely to come until around a week before this meeting.

The original plans withdrawn in 2019 for what was then a £30m project sparked a record 60,000 objections, which campaigners say made it the most unpopular application in Scottish history.

Now they say objections to the resurrection of the plans for the holiday complex - known as Lomond Banks - have surpassed that.

To date, the dedicated 'Save Loch Lomond' portal has generated over 70,000 objections which the Scottish Greens say makes it the most objected-to plan in Scottish history.

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter: An artist's impression from the Lomond Banks development proposals (Image: Lomond Banks)An artist's impression from the Lomond Banks development proposals (Image: Lomond Banks) (Image: Lomond Banks)

The blueprint for the massive holiday complex to be built on the banks of the loch includes a 60-bedroom hotel, a water park, a monorail, more than 100 lodges, a watersports hub, restaurants, a craft brewery and pub and external activity areas for events.

While developers are no longer proposing to build on the ancient woodland at Drumkinnon Wood, the updated plans would still see development on a huge scale.

Now locals are being advised to share their opinions on the development before it is too late.

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Ross Greer, Scottish Greens MSP, said: “It’s really important that residents know they can still let the National Park know what they think of these daft plans.

“Flamingo Land is clearly rattled and in denial over just how unpopular their proposals are. They claim there’s support in the area, yet two different community surveys have shown an overwhelming majority of residents saying no.

"The developers suggest that the views of people outside the area don’t count either, but we know that the local economy is significantly dependent on tourists still wanting to come to Balloch to experience the nationally and internationally famous environment and landscape.

“People simply don’t want to see a massive tourist development and a huge new car park here.

“The flood of objections in March and April was unprecedented, setting a new Scottish record. There’s still time to add your own if you’ve not done so already." 

Lomond Banks have been approached for comment.