Angus Council approves £55m golf resort
Plans to build a £55m golf resort have been backed by councillors in Angus.
The proposal for the development near Broughty Ferry was put forward by local businessman Mike Forbes.
Angus Council said the golf course, hotel and residential property development could inject more than £10m a year into the economy of the area.
Councillors voted 15 to seven to approve the outline permission. A full application will need to be approved before building can start.
Officials at the council had recommended approval of the development, which will be next to the Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort.
Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure at Angus Council, said "The Angus" would bring "significant economic benefits and employment opportunities" to the region, as well as providing "much needed high quality hotel accommodation".
The new facility could create 200 full-time jobs after completion, with 300 posts generated during construction.
An 18-hole championship golf course is planned for the development, along with a five-star hotel and spa and new homes at Wellbank.
Mr Forbes said: "This is a hugely positive decision for the community.
"Delivering the first five-star hotel and a championship golf facility which will complement the famous Carnoustie links, bringing with it a massive cash injection for the local economy, was my focus when we first proposed this development."
The businessman said tourism was "vitally important" to the economy of the local area.
He added: "Golf continues to grow as a major draw for people worldwide and there is a real appetite to create world-class developments which will maintain Scotland's position not only as the home of the sport, but also of the finest courses."
Approval for the resort by councillors follows consultation with environmental and sport bodies.
Alan Mitchell, chief executive of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is a huge investment which would be a tremendous boost for the area."