Judy Murray’s mansion upgrade approved despite objections

Judy Murray. Picture: Toby Williams
Judy Murray. Picture: Toby Williams
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JUDY Murray has won a battle with neighbours over renovation plans at her luxury mansion.

The mother of tennis star Andy Murray submitted plans to get rid of a leaking turretted tower feature on Khyber House in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire.

She wants to replace it with a pitched roof at the £750,000 property which she bought in 2012.

However, locals expressed concern that changes to the 86-year-old house will bring down the character of the upmarket area.

Strictly Come Dancing star Judy, 56, submitted a planning application to Stirling Council and it has now been approved by officials.

Three objection letters were received from people living nearby opposing Murray’s plans.

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In an objection letter, neighbour Val Petit said: “It has been brought to my attention that an application has been made to alter the crenelated tower at Khyber House to provide a replacement pitched roof.

“The tower adds considerably to the rather quirky character of the building, and to the area.

“To replace it with a pitched roof would be a shame. If there is a problem with leakage from a flat-roofed tower, I feel sure that the expertise of an architectural conservation company specialising in restoration projects would be able to advise on the best course of action.”

Fellow neighbour Inga Bullen said: “I have concerns about the plans to alter this distinctive house. The tower feature is the dominant feature of the house and changing this will lessen the distinctive style of the house.

“Perhaps it is proposed due to problems with leaking? I would hope that all avenues have been explored before removing the tower feature.”

However, planners dismissed their concerns and said the renovation work would improve the look of the building and was required as the current tower feature is leaking.

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In a written decision, Stirling Council said: “Khyber House was built in 1930 and is therefore relatively modern and is neither of the Arts and Crafts nor the Scottish Baronial period. The house is not listed.

“The reason for the application is that the crenelated tower feature has been leaking, there have been two attempts at fixing the leaks without success and this seems to have been an ongoing issue.

“The view of the architect is that the existing tower is basically a very poor design detail in that it creates a vulnerable area for water ingress and is fundamentally, architecturally unsound in that it is an attempt at style over substance.

“The proposed new roof is designed to shed water not gather it. The tower feature on the house is being improved to make it fit for purpose.”

Audrey McCormick, a former resident of the house, also objected. She claimed the property was historically significant and should not be interfered with.

In planning documents, architects hired by tennis coach Judy state the plans are to replace the flat lead roof on the tower feature and replace it with a pitched one with slates that much those already on the house.

In September 2012, Judy moved into the house, which is just three miles from Dunblane where she and former husband Willie Murray brought up tennis stars Andy and Jamie.

The house, accessed by a sweeping driveway, is set in almost half an acre, with stunning views over the Allan Glen.

The property includes three reception rooms, four bedrooms, two en suite, kitchen/breakfast room, family bathroom, a large floored attic room, double garage and gardens.

Last year Stirling Council rejected plans by Judy for a multi-million pound tennis and golf centre on a green belt site between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.

However, the £40million centre at Park of Keir may still get the go-ahead after she appealed to the Scottish government to overturn the local authority’s decision.

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