Green light for woodland cabins at Andy Murray’s hotel
Sir Andy Murray has been granted planning permission to build nine woodland cabins in the grounds of his Cromlix Hotel, near Dunblane.
The two-time Wimbledon champion is working with Fergus Purdie Architects on the properties, which will be split across three categories – waterbased, treetop and circular woodland cabins.
Murray and his then-girlfriend Kim Sears bought the property in early 2013 for a rumoured £1.8 million. Following extensive refurbishment, they transformed the building into a 15-bedroom lodge, set in 34 acres of woodland.
Scottish Wildlife Trust had issued an objection to the proposal, citing its alleged impact on breeding birds, frogs and toads.
The charity said the siting of the cabins near a pond was inappropriate and claimed the peaceful environment for wildlife would be ruined by the development.
In its objection, the Scottish Wildlife Trust wrote: “We recognise that the grounds are valued as a financial asset – they are beyond value to nature.
“Ideally chalets will be relocated to a different area and the pond used as a nature-focused area for guests.
“With the people will come dogs, canoes and paddleboards, probably leading to the loss of all the waterbirds.
“At present guests to the hotel are able to have a quiet walk to the pond and sit on the seat watching the wildlife in a lovely tranquil and quiet setting – this should be preserved for the future and could be marketed as a place to come for wellbeing.”
But Stirling Council gave the green light after the Murrays pledged to put wildlife mitigation measures in place.
The local authority’s decision notice said: “The proposed development has been sensitively designed to reflect its location and would provide further quality accommodation for visitors to the area.
“The cabins are part of a long-term strategy to invest in Cromlix to ensure its long-term viability which will have a positive effect on the local and wider economy which is to be welcomed.
“Appropriate planning conditions such as a woodland management and a biodiversity plan will ensure that the woodland and its environment are appropriately managed and protected.”