New Piperdam lodges could boost local economy by £300,000

Aerial view of Piperdam

Plans to build twenty luxury lodges on a country golfing estate could bring in £300,000 to the local economy.

Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resorts has filed a planning application with Angus Council, detailing a million pound development to build 20 new bespoke lodges on the site of the old driving range.

As many as 40 guests would be able to stay in the lodges, which cater for between one and three people per house.

© Hiddleston and Feist
Plans for one of the lodges at Piperdam.

If approved, the lodges would join almost 30 other similar houses currently under construction at Piperdam.

The company believes an additional 8,000 visitors a year will visit, which could potentially pump an extra £300,000 into the local economy.

Piperdam CEO David Copley said: “We currently have permission for 28 lodges which are under construction and should be ready to open by the middle of next year.

“We would like to carry on developing Piperdam as we feel it has the potential to be one of the largest and best tourist destinations in the area.

“We have been looking at all of the facilities on offer at Piperdam and have opened two very popular facilities on site – the children’s play centre and our beauty treatment rooms.

“With the amount of exciting attractions opening in the area, including the V&A, we feel by being able to offer these lodges to visitors would be of huge benefit to the local economy.”

A planning statement by architects Hiddleston and Feist said: “Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort is the largest independent self-catering accommodation provider in Tayside.

“The business is a market leader in UK sport and activity holidays in terms of product and customer satisfaction and the additional tourists attracted to these 20  executive lodges will increase visitor number into the Angus economy by circa 8,000 persons per annum, and this will in turn procure on-site spending of £90,000 and off-site spending of £200,000.

“Local builders and suppliers will be sourced to construct and fit out this project, at an estimated cost of £1.9 million and when complete this project will create 15 full
time positions and generate a further ongoing spend of £500,000 per annum
for local businesses, including cleaning and laundry services and food and drink companies.

“The complex is to be fuelled by the same biomass technology pioneered elsewhere in Piperdam.

“The existing vehicular entrance will remain and all new road parking and
pedestrian paths are to be constructed of permeable materials.”

Scottish Water has said Clatto Park reservoir, which will supply water to the site, has current sufficient capacity to serve the new properties.

The plans are due to go before Angus Council’s development management committee before December 29.