Local Development Plan Deadline for Representations


Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park is currently accepting representations (formal comment) on its proposed local development plan, with a deadline of 29 June 2015. The documents are available on the Park’s consultation website www.ourlivepark.com; in local libraries and at their offices in Callander and Balloch.

Your comments should state what changes you would like made and why; or whether you support a particular policy or site. These can be submitted online at the aforementioned site; by email; or by post to National Park Headquarters, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG. Further information is available by calling 01389 722600 or emailing: hello@ourlivepark.com.

Community feedback sought on Park Development Plan

Sandy Beach, Glenfinart Bay - an opportunity?
Sandy Beach, Glenfinart Bay – an opportunity?

Last week, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park board member, David McKenzie , provided residents with details of the recently published “LIVE Park – Main Issues Report”.

“LIVE Park” is the name for the National Park’s next Local Development Plan. The report focuses on how planning can improve the National Park as a place in which to live, invest, or to visit.

With regard to Ardentinny, the report summarises the following issues: limited employment opportunities; local roads’condition/capacity; and the room for improvement of these roads.

Regarding”Opportunities” in the village, the preferred options are to continue to support appropriate small gap site housing development; support improvements to footpaths and cycle path connections to the wider Cowal area and Argyll Forest park, as well as improvements in  street lighting and visitor signage.

At last week’s Community Council meeting, one resident pointed out that, as Ardentinny has the only beach in the National Park, this resource should also be highlighted as an opportunity.

The National Park is encouraging all residents to comment on the proposals. These must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Monday 7 July, 2014. Feedback can be submitted by online form;  the ‘online development planning system’; post; in person at a LIVE Park event; or by telephone. Full details are available here.

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Download Main Issues report





Historic Kilmun Visitors’ Centre opens 12 February

National Park board member David McKenzie gave a brief update on the Historic Kilmun project (formerly Kilmun Mausoleum) at the February Ardentinny Community Council meeting. The new visitors’ centre opens on 12 February for 3 days a week during the winter and 6 days in the summer. It is hoped that the centre will attract some 6,000+ visitors in its first year.

The gravestone at Kilmun of a former Ardentinny postmaster Matthew Gardener.
The gravestone at Kilmun of a former Ardentinny postmaster Matthew Gardener.

Blairmore Village Trust are also pushing ahead with their plans to purchase Blairmore Village Green as a community facility. Indications are positive that the project will go ahead for a wild flower garden and additional parking.


15-lodge holiday complex planned for Ardentinny

A planning application for the construction of 15 two and three-bedroom holiday lodges at Barnacabber Farm, Ardentinny has been submitted to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

The application which includes 15 high quality homes with en-suite bathrooms, saunas, barbecue huts and hot tubs would be sited near the existing deer farm. The proposed complex also includes a reception building, shop and 39 parking places.

The planning Application can be viewed in full here and comments submitted here.

Proposed site

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Draft summary report issued on Ardentinny consultation

The National Park Authority has issued its draft summary report on the recent Ardentinny consultation event. You can download the report here. The Park would also like feedback from those who attended the event. The survey is available here.

You can also view the National Park Authority’s blog at www.yourcommunityyoursay.com to leave any comments you have regarding the National Park’s Local Development Plan and its progress.