Proposals have been revealed for a new £33.8m leisure-led development at the headquarters of plant machinery company, Morris Leslie.
Capable of supporting a variety of leisure and tourism functions, the development in West Kinfauns, Perthshire aims to include a four-star hotel, lodge-style cabins and a museum.
A key entrance into Perth from the motorway, the West Kinfauns development offers good connections with the city centre, including active travel routes, which will be enhanced through the proposed development.
The site has been identified as a location for the proposed park and ride, which has planning consent, and the intention is to incorporate this facility into the development, if progressed by the council.
Delivery of a premium destination will draw tourism to the area on a local and national basis, providing a gateway to Perth, and complementing the range of activities and facilities available in Perth and the surrounding area.
The West Kinfauns development will also greatly increase local employment opportunities, both once complete and in its construction. It has been estimated that once operational the development will support 170 direct on-site jobs including in the hospitality, retail and leisure roles.
The development will also accommodate up to 80,000 visitors in Perth and Kinross annually, boosting the local visitor economy.
Key elements of the development include a four-storey hotel with 120-150 rooms and views across the River Tay to support and bolster the leisure stay market in Perth.
Lodge style cabins will be provided for longer stay for larger groups, with the site encouraged to be used as a tourism hub.
The development will also include museum which will tell the story of transport and vehicles over the last century. It will showcase how vehicles have evolved and the impact of Scots on this sector, including David Buick (founder of Buick), William Davidson (co-founder of Harley Davidson), and Preston Watson from Dundee who it is claimed had the first powered flight at Errol some ten months before the Wright brothers.
Retail space will also be provided at a scale that will complement the proposed hotel, museum, lodges, existing Caledonian House office and the village of Kinfauns.
“This exciting £33.8m development provides the perfect opportunity to maximise the potential of the location and draw tourism to the area on a local and national basis,” said Morris Leslie, chairman of Morris Leslie.
“The proposed scheme is of a scale that can support additional development and is ideally placed in terms of transport connection. It is also in a beautiful location with wonderful views.”