A WELL-KNOWN Luss hotelier has voiced his concerns over a potential wedding venue which is subject of a planning application.

The Slate Quays at Camstraddan, on the southern edge of the village, could become a location for a marquee for private functions, if a planning application lodged by Luss Estates is approved by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.

But Niall Colquhoun, who owns the Lodge and Inn on Loch Lomond Hotels, is not keen on any functions taking place beyond 10pm.

Another hotel in the village, the Loch Lomond Arms, has previously had the land leased to it, and has already staged two weddings.

Mr Colquhoun said: “My house is just across the old A82 from Slate Quarries. Our children occupy the rooms overlooking the site.

“Generally the events will be held in the summer months. During this time the bedrooms become very warm and the windows are left open.

“We have experienced the two previous weddings. The noise from the music and particularly the ‘beat’ means the children cannot sleep. The marquee has no sound insulation.

“In the morning, the children commented how they were singing along to the words of the songs at midnight.

“That was how clear/loud the music was experienced.

“We have no issue with events before 10pm and events where there is no entertainment, music, disco, or amplified sound.

“It is a beautiful situation, perfect for a house.”

As well as for functions, Luss Estates also wants to use the site for the unloading of felled timber, and occasional parking and storage for vehicles and machinery.

A statement compiled by architects The Hay Partnership reads: “It is this seclusion yet proximity to the lochside, and the relatively short travel distance from the hotel’s accommodation and facilities, that makes the site so appealing for weddings, private functions, etc.

“So, if governed by conditions, such as no music after midnight, to ensure its use does not adversely impact upon the locality, and also importantly the amenity of any neighbouring properties, the Estate believes that the proposed uses for the site are not overly contentious and can be introduced on an incremental basis.

“The occasional temporary use for the parking of vehicles and storage of plant and equipment etc is also thought to be a useful facility for promoting Loch Lomond and The Trossachs to visiting film crews or other such businesses.

“Its location, wide and level turning area and quiet setting seem to be suitable for their needs without impacting on the locality.”

A decision on the application is expected from the park authority by Tuesday, October 16.