It has emerged that Wimbledon champion Andy Murray could be one of the major financial losers of quashed plans to develop the former country home of Lord Beaverbrook in Surrey into a world-class, five-star hotel and golf course.
Last month, the High Court overturned planning permission granted by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) to allow developer Longshot transform Grade-II-listed Cherkley Court, near Leatherhead, into a 48-bedroom luxury hotel with an exclusive gold club, two restaurants, health club, spa and cookery school.
Although, Longshot now plans to appeal against the decision, Murray's £500,000 investment in the scheme is now in the balance, according to The Independent.
It is not the first time Murray has ploughed his money into a hotel project. Earlier this year this he bought Cromlix House hotel, close to his childhood home in Dunblane. The hotel is currently closed whilst undergoing a major refurbishment and will re-open with 15-bedrooms and a restaurant overseen by Albert Roux in spring 2014.
Murray currently lives in Oxshott, just five miles from Cherkley Court.
Pressure group, the Cherkley Campaign, won the right to a judicial review against the council after questioning why a site which borders an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty could be giving the go-ahead to be turned into a another golf course in a county which already has more than 140.