Barclays’ home could become golf course10th October, 2012 by Alistair Dunsmuir
The home of the man who gave his name to Barclays Bank could be converted into a golf club.
The 1,600 acre Ury Estate in Aberdeenshire was owned by James Barclay in the 18th century, the son-in-law of John Freame, who set up the bank.
Plans to convert the estate into a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course began in 2001, but its then owner, FM Developments, entered administration in 2009 and the project was shelved. However, earlier this year the estate was bought by a farmer, John Forbes, who had a stake in FM Developments, for £5 million.
Recently, Aberdeenshire Council received a planning application from a company called FM Ury, to build an 18-hole golf course, 51 houses and a retail estate at the location.
Richard Milne, a director of FM Ury, said: “We have got the estate back and we have got the designer Jack Nicklaus back. We will be fulfilling all our promises.”
A spokesman for Jack Nicklaus added: “We are pleased to have been provided with the opportunity to resume our association with the Ury Estate project. Mr Nicklaus has visited the site several times, and we believe that this special piece of property can be developed into an extraordinary golf course, and one which the people of the Aberdeen area will be proud of.”
A spokesman for Barclays Bank said: “We are extremely proud of Barclays’ heritage in Scotland. It is fantastic to see that the estate is in safe hands.”