NEW plans for a controversial development on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond have been slammed by critics at a very early stage

The developers behind the planned Flamingo Land resort in Balloch unveiled revised plans for the project today, which they say have taken on criticisms from local residents, West Dunbartonshire council and the Woodlands Trust.

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Glasgow Times: How the planned Flamingo Land resort might look (artist's impression)How the planned Flamingo Land resort might look (artist's impression)

Lomond Banks claim the new proposals addressed sore spots for campaigners, including the dropping plans for lodges in Drumkinnon Wood and reducing the size of the central hub at the heart of the development. 

They submitted an environmental impact assessment request to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park yesterday.

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Glasgow Times: Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer fought the first failed plans for Flamingo Land Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer fought the first failed plans for Flamingo Land

But Ross Greer, the Scottish Greens MSP for the West of Scotland who fought against the first iteration of the designs, vowed to keep up his battle against the development. 

He said: "Flamingo Land’s first proposal was unwelcome, deeply inappropriate for Loch Lomond and, as their own impact assessments acknowledged it would have caused substantial environmental damage whilst creating just a fraction of the jobs they had originally promised.

“From what they’ve announced so far, it seems their second attempt is just a rehash of the first.

"Flamingo Land have made clear that they are determined to ignore both the local community and national public opinion in their desperation to pave over one of Scotland’s most iconic natural beauty spots."

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Jim Paterson, development director for the Lomond Banks project, said: “We have listened to the issues raised around the original proposal and with further feedback will look to make some important, very significant, amendments to the plans to ensure Lomond Banks will be in keeping with its environment.

"We also want to reassure the local community that consultation is at the heart of our plans.

"Our environmental and commercial commitment to Balloch and West Riverside remains strong and our proposed development comes at a time when economic investment and meaningful growth in the local tourism market is required."