A picturesque Scottish village with a 19th century castle is being ‘strangled’ by US developers who have bought up most of the area, campaigners have claimed.
Kenmore in Perthshire is known for its wildlife, woodland estate and Taymouth Castle, which was a filming location for the 1997 Judi Dench film Mrs Brown.
But locals are furious over plans by Discovery Land Company to build a 320-hectare gated community on the Taymouth estate and neighbouring Glenlyon estate.
They fear billionaires are trying to create a ‘playground’ for the super-rich with 208 luxury homes in Kenmore, which has seen its local hotel and post office close.
Now, an online group called ‘Protect Loch Tay’ has been launched with the aim of halting the development and protecting the area’s wildlife and natural beauty.
The Scottish village of Kenmore in Perthshire is known for its wildlife and woodland estate
Taymouth Castle, built in 1806, is now undergoing a major £300million restoration project
Taymouth Castle was bought in 2018 by Discovery Land Company and John Paul DeJoria, a hair care magnate who is married to former Playboy model Eloise Broady (pictured together)
Kenmore in Perthshire, which is located next to Loch Tay, is pictured in its autumnal colours
Kenmore in Perthshire is known for its wildlife, woodland estate and Taymouth Castle, which was a filming location for the 1997 Judi Dench film Mrs Brown
Locals in the village, which only has about 100 residents, are particularly worried about the impact on the local populations of beavers, otters, birds and rare fish – but the firm has insisted that it has invested in environmental consultation for its plans.