A national hotel and hospitality chain has its sights set on moving to Forfar.
Marston’s opened a bar restaurant at the town’s western gateway in 2013, visible from the A90 between Dundee and Aberdeen.
The chain has now submitted plans for a 36-room, two storey “lodge hotel” in the Orchardbank Industrial Estate, which was zoned by Angus Council as a development zone by the town’s important link road to the dual carriageway.
Already populated by McDonald’s, KFC, printers Astute and the council’s own headquarters, the chain has approached Muir Construction to lay the foundations in Berrymoss Lane if its bid is successful.
Levelling and drainage would cost around £2.2 million.
It is understood the council sold the land north of Berrymoss Lane for an undisclosed sum following a private item in chambers in April 2017.
Agents Mackay Planning have put in a bid for a two-storey lodge hotel with car parking and a new access.
“The development proposals comprise the erection of a 38-bed lodge with 34 car parking spaces,” according to the planning statement.
“The development is to be accessed from Berrymoss Lane which currently provides access to the existing Marston’s and the KFC…
“The proposed Orchardbank Marston’s lodge and pub/restaurant combined will have a total of 91 parking spaces.”
Consultee SEPA has indicated it has no objection to the development.