Perth & Kinross Council gave the go ahead on 22 June for the transformation of the historic Taymouth Castle Estate into an exclusive, world class hotel and golf resort. (See Perth Councillor’s Casting Vote Sinks Taymouth Deferral Call )

altThe development aims to restore one of Scotland’s most historically important castles and bring it back into use, create new jobs, deliver significant economic benefits for the local community and place Perthshire at the heart of international tourism for many years to come including maximising the opportunity presented by the Ryder Cup in 2016.

A statement from Halogen Public Relations on behalf of the owners Meteor Investment said: “Taymouth Castle Estate owner Meteor has already invested millions of pounds on restoration work in the historic Principal Rooms in the Castle, bringing them back to their former glory, and the public areas on the ground floor as well as estate management and renovation, all in line with a previous planning consent.

“Following today’s decision, work can now start on the next – and more significant - phase of works which will include construction of the first phase of Estate Properties for sale, the conversion of the East Wing of the castle into hotel accommodation and a pamper spa, completion of the estate footpath network and the construction of new holes to extend the historic James Braid designed golf course to championship standards. Contractors are ready to start works now approval has been granted.

Operators

“Commenting on the decision, Martin Mortimer, Taymouth Castle Estate Development Manager, said: ‘We are obviously delighted to have secured planning consent for the scheme. This allows us to move ahead with this exciting and important project. We are already in advanced negotiations with leading hotel operators and the world’s top spa company, which we will be able to finalise now that we have consent. We also already have significant interest in the estate properties from potential buyers from around the world.

“‘The restoration and conversion of the Castle is a key priority for us and we anticipate that it will be ready to open as a luxury boutique hotel by late 2014.   The new consent allows us to start work on construction of the Estate Properties, which will in turn release the funds to deliver the redeveloped Castle and restore the Estate while ensuring the necessary income to maintain it for years to come.’

“A total of 160 Estate Properties will now ultimately be built on the 450-acre estate. The luxury private residences have been designed by Aberfeldy-based architects McKenzie Strickland Associates to be sympathetic to the majestic Scottish landscape using a range of natural, vernacular materials.”

Golf & Landscape Management

The PR statement continued: “The renovation of the golf course will see the restoration of many of the original design features for which the pre-eminent Victorian golf course architect James Braid was renowned and bring the course up to modern championship standards ready to maximise the opportunity presented by the 2016 Ryder Cup.

“Scotland’s number one golfer Stephen Gallacher is working in association with Weller Design team to create a new routing that extends the course to make it more challenging and interesting, as well as picturesque.

“An extensive landscape management plan and a habitat management plan will now be implemented, which have been designed to protect the Estate’s flora and fauna during the build period and into the future. Public access to and through the estate will be maintained and significantly enhanced.

Planning Conditions

“The planning consent is subject to a number of conditions covering a wide range of issues.   There are, for example, three conditions to ensure that renovation of the historic Castle is progressed early in the development schedule, while allowing development of the wider Estate to commence.

“A number of conditions seek to ensure that the way in which letting, maintenance and alterations of the homes are implemented is contained within the title deeds for the properties, together with a management agreement that will be agreed with the council before residents move in.

“Martin Mortimer continued: ‘We have worked closely with the planners as well as with bodies such as Historic Scotland in the preparation of the planning application and subsequently on the development of the conditions, which will allow us to progress the project while ensuring that this historic Estate is protected.

“‘Perth & Kinross Council’s planners have worked diligently to progress the planning application. The team has been highly professional and efficient. They have been as keen as we are to see this important property restored and brought back in to use to the benefit of the community. They have understood the complex issues involved in delivering such a scheme while remaining fully aware of their responsibility to ensure that it is undertaken properly and that appropriate measures are provided for.’”

 

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