28 January 2013
A welcome boost to the Scottish tourism industry was today approved by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority. The Ben Arthur Resort will see a former derelict torpedo range in Arrochar transformed into a £70m, 5 star 130-bed hotel, 250 berth marina creating over 300 jobs and injecting £9.8m annually into the local economy.
Speaking after the decision to approve the development, Linda McKay, Convener of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, said:
“In this Year of Natural Scotland, we need to celebrate Scotland as a destination and capitalise on the stunning landscape we have in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs to help grow both the local and national tourism economy. Tourism is by far the biggest contributor to our rural economies in the National Park. It generates over £200m every year and accounts for a third of employment. By approving this development we can help attract vital local employment with the offer of 300 hotel jobs and 210 construction jobs.
The superb quality of the resort means that we can attract more international visitors to the area and open up further opportunities for the community and business growth transforming an abandoned derelict site into a premier visitor destination and a new marine gateway for the National Park. We have worked hard through our planning strategy to attract the right investment for the area and have actively led discussions on suitable tourism opportunities with potential investors.
By approving the Ben Arthur Resort, we have firmly established our commitment to promoting sustainable economic growth based on our stunning landscapes ensuring benefits for our communities and I look forward to seeing this development get underway later this year. ”
The site was promoted as a strategic tourism development opportunity in the National Park’s Local Plan. National Park planners, woodland officers, ecologists and landscape advisors have worked hard to strike the right balance between protecting the landscape and adding value to the area. The application was determined less than four months after submission of the Environmental Statement.
An application to create a 250-berth marina on Loch Long will be submitted to Marine Scotland later this year.
Ben Arthur resort information:
- 16 luxury residential properties
- 36 apartments
- 260 on-site jobs and 40 off-site
- A projected economic wealth in the local economy of £9.8m every year
- £2.9m to the Scottish economy every year
- 210 one-off construction jobs
- The development is fully funded with works due to start in February/March 2013
- A new pedestrian link in the form of a timber walkway to Arrochar alongside the shore and through a wooded peninsula.
The proposal when operational is projected to:
• generate disposable income (wages) of £5.6m every year
• bring in c.100,000 visitors to the Park which generates additional expenditure of £2.9m in the economy every year
During the construction period the proposal is projected to:
• generate new economic wealth of £13.2m
• generate disposable income (wages) of £6.9m