Judy Murray's home alterations worry neighbours

Plans to alter roof 'would be a shame'

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Khyber House

Judy Murray is facing objections from her neighbours over plans to alter a tower at her Stirlingshire home and replace it with a plain pitched roof.

The mother of British number one tennis star Andy Murray bought Khyber House in Bridge of Allan in 2012. Built in 1930, the baronial-style house is entered through the tower, which currently has arched windows and a flat, crenellated roof.

However, the 56-year-old Strictly Come Dancing star has now applied for planning permission to square off the roof of the tower - something that concerns the neighbours.

"Although Khyber House is not an old building... it was built in the traditional Scottish baronial style and, according to the previous owner, it was a copy of a lodge house at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh," neighbour Val Petty told the council.

"Thus, it echoes traditional practice and appearance of this style of architecture and 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, especially if the issue is one of appearance and not function."

The house, which has four bedrooms and three reception rooms, was refurbished just before Murray bought it. Close to Dunblane, where sons Andy and Jamie were brought up, it sits in almost half an acre and has beautiful views.

It's not the first time she has had problems with planning. Last year, Stirling Council rejected her plans to build a £40 million tennis and golf centre on a green-belt site between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.

It would have included a gym, spa and 'Murray' museum, and been funded by building 19 luxury homes nearby. But the council received 1,000 letters of objection, and turned her down as it felt that the development would put too much stress on the road network.

She's appealed to the Scottish government to overturn the decision.

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