Loch Lomond sets out ten year vision for tackling housing shortage

Balloch aerial viewA plan setting out how to tackle the shortage of affordable housing within Scotland’s first National Park has been given the go ahead.

Named ‘LIVE Park’, the Plan outlines an ambitious vision for making Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park an attractive and viable place for young people and families to live and work, for businesses to start and grow, and improving the experience for visitors whilst also protecting the unique environment of the area over the next 10 years.

Following extensive engagement and consultation during the process to prepare the Plan, it has now been formally adopted by the National Park Authority as its Local Development Plan, the legal document to determine all planning decisions in the National Park. The Plan will be updated every five years.

The Plan sets out an annual target to deliver 75 new homes in order to sustain communities and meet demand for smaller, modest sized and affordable homes for young people, families and older people.

LLNP092There are high levels of housing need within the National Park and the Plan includes guidelines to ensure a mixture of open market and affordable housing will be provided.

Most development would be based in or around the Park’s towns and villages including:

  • 31 new homes in Balloch

  • 54 new homes in Arrochar, Succoth and Tarbet
  • 148 new homes in Callander.
  • Whilst these areas are expected to see the biggest change over the next 20 years, the Plan also identifies development sites in the Park’s smaller villages that will support the long term sustainability of rural communities as well as services and facilities.

    Gordon Watson
    Gordon Watson

    Gordon Watson, chief executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, said: “The National Park is an amazing place and a special landscape with so much to offer and LIVE Park sets out the opportunities for it to continue to thrive and develop sensitively as a place for people to live, invest, visit and experience over the next ten years.

    “We’ve worked really closely with people and organisations from across the Park to find out how they want to see that happen. I’m delighted that we can now adopt the Plan and look forward to seeing how the Park develops over the next decade.”

    The Park Authority won the Overall Award for Community Involvement at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning in 2015 for its innovative approach to getting people involved in the planning process and making the new plan a visual, simple and user-friendly document. At this year’s awards the Park Authority also won an award in the Plans category. The judges gave the award because of the simplicity, clarity and graphic style adopted for the Local Development Plan.

    Stuart Mearns, head of rural development & planning at the National Park, said: “We are very happy that the Plan is now adopted. It provides a firm foundation to help attract and guide inward investment, helping to grow the rural economy and enhance the Park’s towns and villages. We are already seeing an increase in development activity and developer interest in key locations including Balloch and Callander as well as some of our smaller communities, such as Luss where new affordable housing is currently being built.

    “Strong partnership working established between landowners, developers, public agencies and communities during the process to prepare the Plan has been central to achieving this and our focus next year will be to use the Plan as the basis for securing continued investment in the National Park.”

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