“Ski Grotto” installation at 34A North Castle Street

Posted on: November 26, 2021

We have submitted an objection to this wooden installation that has already been erected prior to the planning permission being considered let alone granted

Address: 34A North Castle Street Edinburgh EH2 3BN

Proposal:  Installation of temporary “Ski Grotto” external façade to B-listed building

Reference No: 21/05837/LBC

Closing date for comments: Fri 03 Dec 2021

Determination date: Sat 01 Jan 2022

Result: Pending

Cockburn Response

The Cockburn Association OBJECTS to this application which proposed the constriction of a temporary “Ski Grotto” directly at the base of a B listed building in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic New Town, within the New Town Conservation Area and the World Heritage Site.

The City of Edinburgh Council’s  guidance of Listed Buildings and Conservation s areas make clear the importance of protecting the special interest of listed buildings.  And it is clear that unsympathetic alterations to listed buildings are unlikely to be approved.

This proposal can in no sense be deemed sympathetic to its listed building  setting or to the wider context of the New Town Conservation Area and World  Heritage Site and so should not be approved.

We note that very similar applications on this site have been the subject of planning enforcement action in the past and we see no mitigating circumstances to justify the approval of the current applications at this time.

Although this is an application for a temporary structure, if approved it will nevertheless be in place for an extended period of a busy and popular time in the winter  session and, as such, will potentially negatively impact of the cultural  experience of large numbers of resident and visitors to the city centre over the Festive Period.