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West Riverside and Woodbank House

We have recently received a ‘Proposal of Application Notice’ for West Riverside and the Woodbank House site in Balloch. This proposal is classed as a major development and is described as the erection and operation of a tourism and leisure led mixed use development.

You can view the ‘Proposal of Application Notice’ on our e-planning portal using the reference 2017/0331/PAC.

What is a Proposal of Application Notice?

If a prospective applicant intends to submit a planning application for a major development they must give us (as the Planning Authority for the National Park) formal notification. This is the purpose of the Proposal of Application Notice’, sometimes shortened to ‘PAN’.

The notice includes details of how the applicant intends to consult with the local community and marks the start of a consultation phase called Pre-application Consultation (PAC).

Pre-application Consultation

Pre-application Consultation is when local residents and businesses get the opportunity to tell the applicant what they think of their proposals and ask any questions, before an application is submitted. Anyone can comment – you do not have to live directly beside the site of the proposal.

Further details of the consultation and how you can give feedback will be available at  You will have the opportunity to make representations to the Planning Authority once an application is submitted.

What happens after the pre-application consultation?

The applicant will compile a report capturing the points raised by the community and any changes that have been made to the proposals as a result. This report must accompany any subsequent planning application.

It is anticipated that the future planning application will be for ‘Planning Permission in Principle’. This means that the prospective applicant will be looking for agreement ‘in principle’ that the proposed development is acceptable.  Fully detailed drawings of the proposal are therefore unlikely to be available when the application is submitted, however, each phase of development, if approved, will require additional detailed planning applications to be submitted.

An overview of the planning process for major applications can be found in our blog, ‘major applications explained.

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