• Sundial enthusiasts could slow Murray hotel project

    5/24/13 12:42 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Sundial enthusiasts could slow Murray hotel project Scottish conservation groups look like throwing a spanner in the works of Andy Murray's ambitious project to turn an derelict Victorian pile into a posh hotel in his native Dunblane.

    After much celebration this spring when it was revealed that the multi-millionaire world No. 2 had bought Cromlix House as a fixer-upper hotel for nearly $3.5 million, the other shoe dropped on the plan.

    Murray's plans call for transforming the historic property into a 15-room luxury hotel, creating 40 local jobs and doing it all in a year before the Ryder Cup is played in the area. Now, the plans are up in the air.

    The sticking point is a 400-year-old stone sundial and gate posts which are set to be moved, a plan which has drawn the ire of local heritage groups. The sundial may be old, but it was moved to the local police shop 93 years ago and installed at the premises without any problems.

    Scottish media have reported that Historic Scotland are “disappointed” with the lack of detail in a planning application. They want a "stone expert" drafted in for another opinion. Another body says it has the right to inspect the premises for up to three months, surely putting the entire effort well behind schedule. It's all in the hands of local government now, certainly another time-consuming process.

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