And finally… desert island bliss

And finally... desert island bliss

Broadcaster Kirsty Young should be given the green light to build a lodge on a deserted island on Loch Lomond, an official report has said.

Along with her husband Nick Jones, the former Desert Island Discs presenter plans to demolish a bungalow on Inchconnachan Island and replace it with a timber three-bedroom lodge and also replace the boathouse.

The proposed development on the island, also known as Wallaby Island due to the marsupials that live there, sparked anger with a number of objections being lodged from residents and environmental groups.

But a dossier submitted by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park staff to its planning and access committee has recommended permission be granted subject to conditions.

And finally... desert island bliss

It said the plans would not have an adverse effect on the “integrity” of the Loch Lomond special protection area.

The committee will meet this week to make a ruling on Young’s plans but members have been encouraged to approve the project.

A 100-page report said: “The proposal is a well-considered and high-quality development that would befit the context and quality of the location.

“The ecological and sustainability design measures incorporated into the proposal would ensure that it addresses the climate mitigation and adaptation objectives.

“In conclusion, it is recommended that the planning application be supported on the basis that it would accord with the relevant development plan policies and guidance and that there are no other material considerations that would outweigh the support offered by the development plan and that the planning application and proposal will not result in an adverse effect on either the integrity of the Loch Lomond Woods special area of conservation (SAC) or the Loch Lomond special protection area (SPA).”

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