July 21, 2017
A ‘thriving economically active rural economy’ is key to the vision of LIVE Park, our Local Development Plan.
In order to provide more pro-active planning guidance, we piloted two Rural Development Frameworks to help coordinate and deliver sustainable development within pressured countryside areas of the National Park. The aim being to help stimulate and strengthen the local economy and sustain the local population.
Luss, an attractive planned estate village on the banks of Loch Lomond, is a great example of our Rural Development Framework for West Loch Lomondside facilitating development on the ground.
We have worked closely with local landowners Luss Estates on two main development opportunities within the village:the opening of a new filling station and construction of new affordable housing north of the hotel. There is also planning permission in place for six new retail/workshop style units and an application for further housing to the south of the village.
The five affordable homes due to be complete in May 2017, will provide four three-bed family homes and a smaller two-bed home bed. By encouraging family homes, we can help retain local public services such as schools, in what is projected to be a declining and ageing population.
The development of these homes represents a milestone for Luss Estates in progressing their aspirations for the area. The land has been provided by the Estate to LINK Housing Association and the development funded by LINK, the Scottish Government, Argyll and Bute Council and Luss Estates. The additional housing planned to the south of the village is being proposed as open market to create a mix of housing opportunities in the village.