a once in a generation opportunity to create a fantastic grassroots tennis and golf destination that is open to all
This will be purpose built to provide 6 indoor & 6 outdoor all weather courts, with practice wall, coaching suites, changing rooms, café with viewing gallery, shop and crèche. The facilities will be capable of hosting competitions and coaching courses for all levels and will run an “outreach” programmes to deliver Tennis and Golf into the local schools and clubs.
These will be accessed and managed alongside the Tennis Facilities. The 6 hole, par 3 will be primarily for juniors and beginners and will be available on a “Pay & Play” basis. There will be “short game” pitch & put facilities, Himalaya putting course, as well as indoor virtual training bays all supervised and run by qualified coaching staff.
Indoor and Outdoor Leisure Activities
Keir Country Park – a new 150 acre community park with woodland walks. As well as a kids outdoor adventure park with picnic areas there will be a general multi-purpose and “all weather” pitch suitable for 5-aside football. The aim is to create as diverse a range of activities to make Park of Keir a true destination for families to play together.
Paths and Cycle Ways
Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the world and Park of Keir provides a vast area of currently inaccessible terrain, capable of delivering some unique cycle paths suitable for all levels of cyclist.
The woodlands around Gallowhill and along the Allanwater will also be suitable to provide foot paths to open up the area of Park of Keir to walkers and cyclist alike and improve connectivity between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.
In addition a new hard surfaced 2 km 3 m wide cycle/ foot path will be constructed to provide a safe access route between Dunblane & Bridge of Allan.
The previously approved planning consent at Park of Keir provides for a 3 or 4 star 150 bedroom hotel and 18-hole golf course. The addition of the proposed sporting facilities will greatly enhance the viability of the location for a prospective hotel operator.
The ability to cater for coaching courses, competition hospitality and corporate conferences greatly improves the chances of securing the investment for a new hotel. The Stirling area currently has only 2 four star hotels.
The Murray Tennis museum
Andy Murray’s success as a Wimbledon champion and Olympic Gold medallist have secured his place in history as one of Scotland’s most famous sons and as he grew up in Dunblane, the choice of Park of Keir to locate the “Murray Tennis Museum” could not be more appropriate. The accessibility of the site just off the A9 within an hour of Glasgow and Edinburgh will ensure it will attract visitors both from home and abroad.
To ensure the affordability and entry charges for use of the sports facilities are as low as possible, it is important that these facilities are built “debt free”. In order to achieve this key objective, 19 low density houses have been included within our development proposal. The sole reason and only justification for these homes as an “exceptional case” under current planning policy, is that the value realised from the land that the housing will be built on, will be used to cross subsidise the investment in the Tennis and Golf facilities.
Due to the sensitivities of the Park of Keir site there are limited areas where these homes can be located and it is only intended to site these, where they can be sympathetically located, without compromising the visual impact on the landscape at Park of Keir. It is proposed that these will be low density, high quality homes. A full Environmental Impact Assessment and Landscape Visual Impact Assessment have been carried out to the satisfaction of Scottish National Heritage.
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