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Councillors approve hotel plans

Hotel plans
Developers said the scheme would create more than 300 jobs for the area

Plans for a luxury hotel and golf development in Dumfriesshire have been approved by councillors.

The Annandale and Eskdale area committee offered "full support" for the proposed complex at Hoddom Castle.

The provisional plans relate to a 205 hectare site near Annan, about 10 miles east of Dumfries.

It involves a 200-bedroom luxury hotel and conference centre, a championship golf course, about 530 holiday cottages and 50 houses.

The applicant - George Birkbeck of Hoddom and Kinmount Estate - claimed the scheme would create more than 300 jobs and plough more than 5m in wages into the local economy.

However, similar outline plans were lodged with the council on various occasions between 1990 and 1998 but never developed.

The former Open Golf champion Tony Jacklin was part of the original design team.

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