Save Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond is one of the jewels in Scotland’s crown, enjoyed by over four million visitors every year. Now it’s under threat from a holiday resort development known as Flamingoland, which will sprawl over 69 acres at the banks of the Loch, and will include over a hundred holiday homes, a monorail, 291 car park spaces and a water park. It would damage ancient woodland, result in otter & red squirrel deaths, pollution to running and standing water and water (and that’s from their own Environmental Impact Assessment!).
This land is currently in public hands but Scottish Enterprise, a government agency, is ready to sell it off if this application is approved. There is growing interest in a community buy-out of the site but SE have negotiated an exclusivity agreement with Flamingoland which makes this impossible, at least until their application is rejected.
Our world famous national park is for everyone. It is not the plaything of private developers looking to turn a profit. This campaign is as much about who owns Scotland as it is about proecting the environment and wildlife.
The campaign so far
Ross Greer, Scottish Green MSP for the West of Scotland, has worked with local residents to stop Flamingoland. Together, we have gathered over 40,000 objections, making Flaingoland the most unpopular planning application in Scottish history. Ross has pledged to deliver 50,000 objections before the deadline on 21 May. Now that the proposal is being considered by the National Park Authority, we urgently need to step up our efforts.
Why we need you to chip in
The National Park Authority will make a decision on the future of the Flamingoland proposal in the next few months. To make sure they make the right decision, we want to commission one of Scotland’s top environmental planning experts - Ian Cowan of Highland Environmental Law- to dissect the thousand page Flamingoland proposal. On behalf of all of us, Ian will submit a report to the National Park Authority which clearly lays out all the grounds on which this application should be rejected.
And to keep the pressure on, we plan on working with community groups to get our message out to everyone in the area, maximising the number of objections. The more we raise, the more campaign materials we can print and the more of Ian’s time can be spent interrogating this mammoth application.