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The conservation charity Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs has welcomed the decision by the National Park Authority to refuse planning permission for a complex of six buildings for weddings, functions and overnight accommodation in what they consider to be a particularly sensitive scenic and nature conservation area close to Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve.

James Fraser, chairman of the Friends, said: ‘We are pleased plans for this major development have at long last been rejected, which means the special high value landscape and nature conservation qualities of the area that sweeps down to the southern shores of Loch Lomond near Gartocharn will be protected from further creeping suburbanisation.

‘The plans for a large functions venue and associated mansion houses and swimming pools were totally inappropriate in this scenic location and right next to the RSPB National Nature Reserve which is home to a rich variety of wildlife and an important staging post for migrating geese.’

The plans were submitted several years ago and have been subject to a series of reviews and impact assessment studies due to the sensitivity of the site. They attracted objections from the local community council, RSPB, Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and residents.