Park of Keir partners – Judy Murray, Colin Montgomerie and King Group – have today (18 July) registered the planning application for the development of a purpose built grassroots-focused tennis and golf centre at Park of Keir between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan near Stirling.
This once in a lifetime development opportunity comprises six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, a six-hole golf course with practice range, mini golf, a 3G multi-sport all weather pitch along with changing facilities, coaching suites, and café restaurant. A hotel is also planned to reflect Stirling’s growing importance in tourism and sport. Park of Keir is estimated to create around 170 additional jobs for the local area and it is anticipated that an annual GVA of around £10 million per annum will be injected into the regional economy.
The plans were submitted to Stirling Council after a series of consultation events with local members of the public, which gave key stakeholders the opportunity to view the proposals and discuss the development with the Park of Keir partners. Upon listening to both the positive ideas and concerns raised during the consultations, revisions have been made to the plans. These include scaling back the golf course from nine holes to a six hole “trainer” course, making it ideal for beginners and children and in keeping with the grassroots ethos of the development. This move will also ensure that a permanent green belt will be maintained between the communities of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.
The partners have also listened to concern over the proposed housing development, which sits alongside the Park of Keir tennis and golf facilities and is an essential part of the development, to ensure that the centre is built debt-free. Local communities were concerned about the risk of further future development “creepage” and the Park of Keir partners are keen to enter into discussions with local communities about them taking ownership of residual land for use as a “community park”, thereby allaying any such concern.
Judy Murray said: “I believe that Scotland needs grassroots facilities to grow our sporting champions of the future and I am thrilled that the planning application process is now officially underway. Park of Keir will make tennis and golf more accessible and affordable for families, and especially for young people and I am excited to see the talent that can be developed not only in the local area, but across Scotland.”
Colin Montgomerie, winner of over 40 international tournament titles, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to truly develop young sporting talent in Scotland, and I hope that the Park of Keir development will benefit aspiring young sports stars for many generations to come.”
The centre at Park of Keir would be a destination for families to play together and is planned to provide other leisure facilities such as a children’s adventure park, woodland walks and mountain bike trails, all geared to encouraging people to enjoy active sport.
Park of Keir has the benefit of excellent road network access, just off the M9, less than hour from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee and a ninety-minute drive from Aberdeen and Inverness.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Park of Keir project and following its progress can do so at parkofkeir.wpengine.com. Copies of the full planning application documents are also available in the local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan libraries.
Debbie Johnston, Spreng & Co