Paul Dixon, who is a trained accountant who founded Dixon Motors in 1973, will now lead a £525m new home and leisure development on land surrounding Loudoun Castle in Ayrshire.
The Loudoun Castle Project aims to create an all-weather resort at the 610-acre site at Galston, East Ayrshire, featuring 450 luxury lodges, 12 glamping pitches, a lake and leisure development, indoor sports facilities and an indoor subtropical water park. Up to 2,500 new jobs could be created.
Paul commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be coming on board with the Loudoun Castle Project. For me this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something unique that captures the spirit of Loudoun and the culture of Scotland. I have been truly impressed by the plans for the site.
“This development has incredible potential and could bring real economic, cultural and social benefit to East Ayrshire and the wider Scottish economy.
“Added value is always at the heart of every project I have undertaken and I believe my experience will bring much to the development and subsequent legacy of Loudoun Castle.
“In the past 40 years I have been fortunate to have been involved in a number of major regeneration projects bringing back to life everything from redundant factory sites to brownfield sites.
“A number of the projects I have worked on have secured National Government or European Union Grants and this is a skill set I can bring to the table for the Loudoun Project.
“I would like to thank the East Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government for guiding and supporting the Loudoun Castle Project through the planning process.”
Paul Dixon’s appointment comes as the Scottish Government commented publicly for the first time on the proposed development.
A spokeswoman at Holyrood said this week: “We are aware of the planning application at Loudoun Castle. In light of its scale and potential economic and cultural significance, the Scottish Government’s Planning and Architecture Division has been following progress of the application and facilitating discussions between East Ayrshire Council, as the planning authority, and the developer, with a view to encouraging an early determination of the scheme.”