As Flamingo Land gets ready to submit its plans to build a new attraction on Scarborough seafront, it has seen its vision for a development in Scotland become the most-objected-to application in that country’s history.
The Ryedale-based theme park, alongside Scottish Enterprise, lodged plans with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority last month and so far more than 55,000 people have objected.
The scheme would be developed on a site in Balloch and the masterplan for the project features a water park, 60-bedroom apart-hotel, a craft brewery, boat house, leisure centre and restaurants.
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Objectors claim the scheme, which the developers stress is not a theme park, is not suitable to be built in a national park in one of Scotland’s most picturesque locations.
Supporters say the £30m development will support more than 200 jobs and boost the local economy.
As with Flamingo Land’s plans for an approximately £20m attraction with rollercoasters and cliffhanger tower in Scarborough, the company was granted “preferred developer” status to develop the site.
The Scottish national park will now have to wade through the objections before it decides whether to back the scheme.
In Scarborough, the theme park’s plans are also up in the air following May’s local elections.
The new leader of the council, Labour’s Cllr Steve Siddons, indicated that the authority would “look again” at the former Futurist site and decide what “was right for the area not what is right for a developer.”
Cllr Siddons added: “So we have to look at our legal position but there is an awful lot of opposition to the proposals, some people think they are great so I have to know where that balance lies.”