Judy Murray’s plan for a tennis and golf centre at Dunblane has been approved in principle by the Scottish Government.
It’s hoped the £70 million development, which will feature 12 tennis courts and a golf academy, will help nurture the next generation of tennis stars.
The plans also include the creation of a hotel, sports pitch, a “Murray” museum, visitor centre and 19 houses on land between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.
The planning decision was referred to Scottish ministers following an appeal in March 2016.
The sports hub, which will be open to all, was backed by Ms Murray and Colin Montgomerie but proved controversial with the public, who feared the number of homes could grow.
Concerns about the size of the development resulted in the scaling back the golf course from nine holes to a six hole “trainer” course and the retention of a green belt between it and the community.
Judy, the mother of world singles No 1 Andy and doubles champion Jamie, believes the centre will be a “bricks and mortar” legacy for the pair.
However earlier this year she said she was prepared to walk away from the project if it was not approved by the Scottish Government.
Yesterday Kevin Stewart, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, announced that the development will go ahead and said the project would help Scottish athletes make their name on the world stage.
He said: “Having carefully considered all aspects of the planning report, I am minded to grant planning permission in principle for this development – subject to conditions and the conclusion of a planning obligation.
“I have concluded that the development is of significant regional and national significance. It will bring strong benefits to Scottish sport, helping in the development of elite competitors, while also providing facilities for the community. There will also be economic benefits, both to the local area and more widely.
“The next step is for the planning authority and developer to work together to agree to discharge the planning obligation. Once Scottish Ministers are satisfied, they will then be able to formally grant planning permission for the proposal.”