Posted on 25 May 2018 by Joe
The Cockburn Association together with Edinburgh World Heritage and the New Town & Broughton Community Council (the "Coalition") have submitted to the Planning and Environment Appeals Division (PEAD) of the Scottish Government its formal case against the development of the Old Royal High School as a luxury hotel.
The 19-page Inquiry Statement sets out for the Coalition's case against the development, and outlines the grounds on which it calls for the appeal to be dismissed.
"The Coalition remains of the view that the Scheme 2 does not address its concerns about the Scheme 1 and do not believe that this site is appropriate for a hotel of the scale proposed in either scheme. In addition, the Coalition is concerned that the granting of planning permission, conservation area consent and listed building consent for either scheme will damage the setting of the Hamilton Building, damage the character and amenity of the conservation area and will have a strongly negative impact on the WHS; which has been recognised by Scottish Ministers as an asset of considerable national importance. The Coalition remain of the view that it cannot be said that the architectural merits of either scheme are such as to over-ride the protections given to the listing buildings, the conversation areas, the landscape area and the World Heritage Site."