Murrayshall Country Estate granted permission in principle for £30m expansion

Murrayshall Country Estate granted permission in principle for £30m expansion

Artist's impression of the view from the hill to the spa and leisure facilities

Revised plans to deliver new leisure amenities and high-end holiday residences at Murrayshall Country Estate near Scone have been granted planning permission in principle.

At a planning committee meeting last month, Perth & Kinross Council considered plans submitted by estate owners Stellar Murrayshall LLP to add 50 rooms to the hotel, a new spa and leisure facility, up to 89 holiday units and other facilities.

The £30 million proposal further outlines plans for the creation of luxury lodges, cabins, and timeshare/vacation ownership properties.

Additionally, an area of land has been identified for a solar farm which will provide clean green renewable energy, helping the estate decarbonise and reduce running costs.

Plans to diversify the estate were first drawn up by Fergus Purdie Architects in 2020 and a PPiP application was lodged with Perth and Kinross Council in March 2021.

The application was later withdrawn to enable a review of the mix of development to be proposed on the estate which subsequently led to the decision to remove the potential enabling residential development.

Gary Silcock, general manager for Murrayshall, said: “We’re delighted with the council’s decision to approve our masterplan application.

“The decision to approve our proposals in principle is the first step in a new chapter for Murrayshall – a journey from challenges to opportunities, fostering growth, employment and ultimately providing an asset to be enjoyed by the local community.

“Reflecting on our past endeavours – including a substantial investment of £5m – we recognise the significance of this milestone.

“This approval unlocks a potential investment of around £169m across Perth and Kinross and Scotland, while potentially securing 400 job opportunities.”

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