Our mission is to protect and enhance Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The National Park covers an area of outstanding landscapes, habitats and communities – and it’s our job to protect it, and reduce the impact of visitor and recreational pressures.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority is an executive non-departmental public body (also known as an NDPB) committed to inspire our communities, visitors and partners to work with us to enhance and promote this iconic National Park.

Our aims:

The National Park (Scotland) Act 2000 sets out four aims for Scotland’s National Parks, each one designed to safeguard a sustainable future:

Conserve and enhance – we conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Sustainability – we promote the sustainable use of the natural resources of the area.

Understanding and enjoyment – we encourage people to enjoy the special qualities of the area.

Social and economic development – we promote sustainable development of the communities in the area.

Our statutory duties:

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority has legal status as a statutory body with statutory duties for planning and outdoor access.

As a Planning Authority, we are responsible for deciding all planning applications in the National Park area. This includes everything from householder developments to proposals for housing and tourism, listed building alterations and advertisements. More information on our framework and service standards is available on our Planning Applications page.

As an Access Authority, with the responsibility of upholding access rights (sometimes referred to as “the right to roam”) as set out in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, we encourage responsible access to outdoor spaces while reducing the impact on habitats and protected species. This includes publishing a Core Paths Plan, encouraging sustainable and active travel to and around the National Park, and appointing and hosting the Local Access Forum for the National Park.

Dr Heather Reid Chair

Gordon Watson Chief Executive

Why the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority understands that diversity of thought and perspectives helps deliver better informed policy. The organisation is committed to promoting more diversity on its Board, amongst its staff and in how it works to include less heard voices to better inform its policies, plans and approaches to engagement. We hope that participation in the Boardroom Apprentice programme can help drive our Board to be even more dynamic and engaging in its outlook and approach.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

National Park Headquarters, Balloch, G83 8EG (occasionally meeting are held at community locations throughout the National Park)

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings take place 4 times a year in March, June, September and December. They are held on a Monday and usually last all day (0900-1700).

We have two statutory committees – Planning & Access and Audit & Risk, as well as a Futures Group to drive strategic thinking. Meetings of these committees and groups take place throughout the year.

Date of Board Meetings (January 2024 – December 2024)

Monday 11th March 2024; Monday 10th June 2024; Monday 16th September 2024; Monday 9th December 2024

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2024 – December 2024)

Planning and Access Committee: last Monday of each month (as required);Audit and Risk Committee;first Tuesday of March, June, September and December.