Hotel plan for Woodbank Inn
Owners of a Balloch restaurant have revealed major plans to extend the inn and attract tourists with a 24-bedroom hotel.
They say runningWoodbank Inn on Balloch Road is not a sustainable business and have applied to build a three-storey extension to the back of the building.
The application will be determined by Loch Lomond and theTrossachs National Park planning committee on Monday next week (November 27).
The extension would contain 18 bedrooms, resulting in a total of 24 bedrooms across the property and a smaller kitchen area.
Additional car parking spaces are also proposed within the site to the west and front of the building, which was formerly called Lochside and La Scarpetta.
In a statement to planners, the owners said it has changed hands many times over the last 10 years, indicating that the building struggles to maintain a business.
They said:“We took ownership in April 2016 and fully refurbished the whole property to a high standard, tenanted the premises to an experienced operator and reviewed the trading figures for the past 10 months.
“In our professional opinion, the unit as it stands is clearly not sustainable.
“Broken down, the accommodation side is profitable compared to the food and drink offering.
“To assist retaining the building as a functioning premises and in turn retaining jobs, we have concluded that extra accommodation is required.”
But the owners face opposition from some residents, with five objections and one letter of support submitted.
Some say the extension will impact on neighbours’privacy, add to noise levels and say there are enough hotels and B&Bs already in the area.
National park planners recommend approval of the plans, saying that the National ParkTourism Team was consulted and note there is a gap in low budget/high quality hostel/bunkhouse accommodation in Balloch.
A report to the committee states:“The impact on the amenity of neighbouring residential properties has been raised as an issue by objectors; however it is considered that there will be no impact on the daylight and sunlight afforded to neighbouring properties.”
Hotel proposal Woodbank Inn is set for a major overhaul