Stirling Council has approved plans for the expansion of Cromlix House near Dunblane, which is owned by tennis champion Sir Andy Murray.
SAAP have written to the architects and planners concerning the design of the new tearoom, function suite, bar, gym and extra guest rooms, in order to ensure that the needs of disabled and older people are adequately met.
Robert Dick, chair of SAAP, visited Cromlix House by coincidence last year and though impressed by the attentive staff and excellent food, he was concerned about disabled access to the hotel. There was further concern when the plans for the extension showed very poor attention to inclusive design.
Issues raised with the architects around the proposed expansion, included:
lack of marked disabled parking bays or defined drop-off point
lack of accessible toilets or a separate baby changing facility
a need for the replacement of some gravel areas with a firm surface
failure for the proposed new bedrooms to provide accessible accommodation for wheelchair users
no handrails on stepped terraced area
SAAP can only speculate from an article in the Stirling Observer (08/08/18) that the architects will be looking into the points mentioned to them as they chose not to respond directly to us.