On Scot-Buzz last week we highlighted controversial plans for a £30 billion leisure park development with lodges, a hostel, glamping pods and “family-based attractions” at Balloch on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Now we hear an online petition to oppose the development by Yorkshire-based Flamingo Land, which boasts the steepest roller coaster in the world (pictured) has already attracted more than 22,000 signatures.

The scheme has been touted by Scottish Enterprise, potentially bringing it into direct conflict with another government body – the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park - charged with protecting and preserving the natural habitat and wildlife of the area.

Gordon Watson, head of the Park authority, says any “inappropriate” scheme will be vetoed. A detailed planning application has still to be submitted.

Bearing in mind a simple front porch on a butt-and-ben in the Park is subject to critical planning scrutiny, we’re surprised it this has even got this far.


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