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Boutique plans for former Black Bull

By Fiona Reid
Boutique plans for former Black Bull

LUXURY housing and a boutique hotel are on the cards for two empty sites in Moffat.

The plans were revealed as a company finally put the end to speculation and confirmed their takeover of the former Moffat Academy and Black Bull sites.

Richmond Wight Estates, who are the owners of Moffat Manor Holiday Park in Beattock, confirmed their plans late last week.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “Since buying Moffat Manor Holiday Park, Richmond Wight has formed many business and social connections in the area, and, subject to planning, will be developing both Moffat Academy into luxury housing and the Black Bull intoaboutique hotel.”

In December Richmond Wight, under sister company CHI Investments, purchased the empty school on Academy Road.

And planning permission to create 41 flats and 75 parking places at the location was also submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The applicants are seeking to create two new detached blocks and partially demolish the rear of the school to make way for the development.

But the sale of the site does include ‘clawback clauses’ to ensure that the old Moffat Academy will not meet the same fate as the ‘shabby’ old Lockerbie school.

The clauses give the council the option to purchase the property back at the original sale price in the event that planning permission is not obtained within a year, or if development does not proceed within two years of permission being granted.

A spokesperson for the company has promised that news regarding the developments will unfold shortly. Meanwhile the Moffat Manor Holiday Park remains up for sale as the owner, Chek Whyte, hopes to focus on his new projects in the town.

But until a buyer comes forward the park is continuing to play  acharitable role in the town.

They held a completely free Christmas lunch for local senior citizens and ex service people last month.

And they will continue to host a monthly free afternoon tea and social gathering for senior citizens and ex service people from nearby Dowding House.

Local senior citizens are urged to contact the park on 01683 300313 to check what is happening throughout the year and to secure a place at the monthly lunches.

They can also check transport times to get them there.


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