We have recently received a planning application for a major development at West Riverside and Woodbank House, Balloch.
The application submitted is for Planning Permission in Principle. This means that the applicants are seeking agreement “in principle” that the proposed development is acceptable. Full detailed drawings are not required with this type of application however the National Park can request additional information if it thinks it is necessary to determine the application. If the Planning Permission in Principle application is approved, the applicant will then have to submit further application(s) for detailed aspects of the proposal such as the siting and design of buildings.
The current application includes the following:
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been submitted with the application. This includes an Environmental Statement (ES) that must compile detailed information about the likely significant environmental effects of the development.
You can view all of the application documents, including the Environmental Statement, on the e-planning portal using reference 2018/0133/PPP. The non-technical summary of the EIA explains and presents the proposal in an easy to understand way.
Due to its scale, this planning application is classed as a ‘major development’. Major developments follow a different planning process to smaller planning applications. You can find a step-by-step overview of this process in our ‘Major developments explained’ blog. This application is currently at Step 3 in the process.
You are welcome to make a comment on the application, either for or against the proposals. If you want your views to be taken into consideration during the decision-making process, it is important to make comments to us directly. There are three ways to make comments:
Further advice on how to comment on a planning application is contained within our “How do I view and comment on applications” blog.
Once your comments have been viewed by the Planning Officer they will then be published on our e-planning portal. Your comments will be published, along with your name, and will be available for inspection and to be copied by any interested party.
We anticipate a high level of interest about the application and unfortunately it will be unlikely we will be able to respond individually in writing to specific questions during the consultation period but all comments will be taken into account as part of the decision making process.
You can find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions here.
Further information about the application can also be found here.