Thursday, November 6, 2008

Plans Approved for Lawrie Designed Layout

According to news reports, plans for a £115million golf resort at the historic Blairs College near Aberdeen were given the go-ahead, just 48 hours after Donald Trump's £1billion project was also given the green light.
On the face of it, the Muir Group’s proposals to transform the former Catholic seminary and Mr Trump’s Menie Estate plans have a lot in common.
The Muir Group want to build a championship golf course, new houses and a hotel but unlike the Menie Estate plan, the proposal had passed unopposed at the same Aberdeenshire Council committee that previously turned down Mr Trump.
The grand buildings of the former Catholic seminary, about eight miles southwest of Aberdeen, were once the training school for Scotland's young priests. Steeped in history the buildings have been left to slowly decay since it closed its doors more than 20 years ago. But the Muir Group say they will transform the site and safeguard the future of one of the Northeast's most architecturally important buildings.
The plans for the course have been designed by Aberdeen-born Open Championship winner Paul Lawrie.

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