Council planners have approved plans to develop a new “high-quality” holiday park near Blairgowrie near a former poultry farm.
Heritage Park Estates will now press forward with plans to redevelop the former Bendochy poultry farm site, between Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus, according to a report.
Phase one will be the construction of 19 holiday lodges and a reception building, then five lodges and ten glamping pods will be added at a later date.
Camping, caravan, and children’s play facilities
The eight-acre site will also include facilities for camping and caravan provisions, a children’s play area, and on-site parking. The site has been vacant since 2017, but once the development is finished, it will be one of the biggest holiday parks in the region.
People behind the new park aim to capitalize on the growth in the staycation holiday market and increase in visitors to the region since the Covid lockdowns.
“We are delighted to see the application – which will bring high-quality holiday accommodation to the area – approved,” said Mark Myles, head of planning in Scotland for Bidwells property consultants, in a report
“Once fully operational, the park will attract increasing numbers of visitors to the area, which will have a positive knock-on effect for the businesses and the local economy.”
Holiday park creates new jobs
“Development of a holiday park of this size will also see the creation of 14 new jobs, which could increase further once the business becomes fully operational,” said Myles.
Work on the park is expected to start in the coming months with the site aiming to welcome its first visitors in spring 2023.
VisitScotland previously issued its support for the development, saying tourism is worth £564 million annually to Perthshire and that searches on its website for caravan and camping holidays have risen 38% since 2019.
This article originally appeared on The Courier.