Andy Murray set to lose £500k after High Court halts plan for Surrey hotel and golf course

02 September 2013 by
Andy Murray set to lose £500k after High Court halts plan for Surrey hotel and golf course

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.

Owners of Cherkley Court to appeal against decision to quash hotel development >>

Andy Murray is confirmed as the new owner of Cromlix House hotel, near Dunblane >>

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