Piperdam bids to expand by building 20 holiday homes

David Copley, chief executive of Coppergreen Developments

A resort has launched a bid to expand after lodging plans for 20 new holiday homes.

Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort has submitted an application to Angus Council.

The plans feature one, two and three-bedroom lodges and planners say the additional lots could provide a boost to the local economy.

A planning statement submitted on behalf of Piperdam states: “The additional tourists attracted to these 20 four-star plus executive lodges will increase visitor numbers in the Angus economy by circa 8,000 persons per annum and this will in turn procure on-site spending of £90,000 and off-site spending of £200,000.”

The project is estimated to cost £1.9 million and local builders and suppliers will be used to carry out the work.

The statement continued: “When complete, the project will create 15 full-time positions and generate a further ongoing spend of £500,000 per annum for local businesses on cleaning and laundry services and food and drink.”

David Copley, chief executive of Coppergreen Developments, which owns the resort, said: “It’s part of our growth plan.

“We would be looking to start building in winter 2018, but haven’t got planning permission.

“We feel confident in the market at the moment and have increased the range of indoor and outdoor facilities.”

Piperdam is expanding, with eight single-storey lodges under construction and due to be completed in the spring.

The resort has also introduced new beauty treatment rooms and an indoor children’s play centre.

Piperdam is conscious of being environmentally friendly and the resort is embarking on an energy efficiency drive in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 50%, with a further aspiration to attain the Carbon Trust Standard certification for year-on-year carbon energy reductions.

The new complex is to be fuelled by the same biomass technology pioneered elsewhere in Piperdam.

The resort boasts a wide variety of accommodation, including the new Byron and Raeburn Premier lodges.