John O’Groats to get multi-million pound makeover

John O’Groats to get multi-million pound makeover

Scottish landmark John O’Groats in the Highlands is to be revitalised in a multi-million pound deal. The redevelopment will see the village’s hotel converted into luxury self-catering holiday apartments and the development of new detached holiday properties. Full planning approval, submitted by Natural Retreats and Heritage Great Britain in conjunction with renowned architects GLM, was granted by Highland Council for the first stage proposal. “John O’Groats is a world famous destination and being able to play a part in helping to restore it to prominence with the kind of development this location deserves, is something we are incredibly proud to be involved with,” explained Natural Retreats’ managing director Matt Spence. “With the approval of these plans we will now be able to deliver a new vision for John O’Groats and ensure that visitors feel inspired, informed and educated by their experience.” Second-stage proposals include improving the public realm harbour area and creating a multi-use visitor centre. Natural Retreats and Heritage GB are also working closely with the Highland Council and Highlands & Islands Enterprise to develop plans to create an enhanced visitor experience. Allan Leech, chief executive of Heritage GB, added: “This is the culmination of 12 months of engagement with local stakeholders and confirms our strong belief that close cooperation between private companies and the public sector is not only essential to deliver projects of this nature, but can also prove to be a huge boost to regional tourism, especially in the difficult current economic conditions.”

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