Despite environmental concerns posed by local residents, SIR Tom Hunter’s plans to build a leadership center on the shores of Loch Lomond to help Scotland “take its rightful place in the world” have been accepted.
The proposals for the site on the loch’s shore at Ross Priory, owned by the University of Strathclyde, were unanimously accepted by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority by the Hunter Foundation after gaining the support of the university and the Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs independent conservation organization.
But local residents raised concerns about the environmental effects of the plan and cautioned that ahead of next year’s COP26 summit in Glasgow, the National Park Authority will “embarrass itself”
The plan, which the National Park Authority has approved for approval, would be the first dedicated leadership training center in Scotland to serve small classes of up to 25 teachers and trainees.
Three new five-bedroom and one four-bedroom housing units will also be included in the development.
Sir Tom Hunter told the national park planning committee that the foundation is committed to “putting every principal in Scotland through a leadership academy,” with 1,000 setting their paces before the outbreak of the pandemic.
“the whole range of civil society in Scotland,”the whole scope of civil society in Scotland,”to be its custodian.”donated to be its custodian.
We strongly believe that a leadership hub for Scotland in Scotland, but with a global outlook, is really developing and equipping Scotland over the next 50 years to succeed.
“It’s a magical, inspiring place, and I think bringing people to this place will inspire them to do their best for Scotland.”
Sir Tom said that he would have to spend about £ 700,000 on sewer upgrades as part of the plans.
“He said, “This is not my money-making method, as has been stated by some foul-mouthed people on the council.
“This is going to cost me a lot of money – I’m not going to make any money out of it.”
“He added: “My wife and I are very grateful to have been born in Scotland and to be able to raise our kids there – we are determined not to become the wealthiest people in the graveyard. We care for Scotland and believe that Scotland will flourish and take its rightful place in the world with the right leadership.
“We believe passionately that our center at Ross Priory will help us achieve this.”
But Kilmaronock Community Council’s Gavin McLellan told the committee that hundreds of residents’ complaints were proof that “that the project is not wanted.”
He added that an environmental impact assessment was “essential” and argued that the national park was “not applying climate change legislation” and “breaching the net zero targets of Scotland” by authorizing the plans.
But officials indicated that there was “no potential breach of climate change legislation” and “no requirement” for an environmental impact assessment to be carried out.
“We urge the committee not to follow this recommendation, but to give it the attention it deserves and take a wider and longer-term look,” Mr. McLellan added.
“It would be shameful for the Loch Lomond Park Authority not to do all this when COP26 is coming to Glasgow.
There have been other cases on Loch Lomond where, against the backdrop, they have constructed additional buildings that are almost invisible. Abu Dhabi has listed this new modern house, to quote one opinion, another has named the accommodation pods brutalist artifacts and someone else has said it looks like a collection of LCD screens from the loch.
But the committee approved the Hunter Foundation’s suggestions unanimously.