Former Royal High School – Revised Plans for Luxury Hotel Development Submitted

Following on from the Public Consultation in November 2016 for the proposed re-development of Edinburgh’s former Royal High School into a luxury hotel, the developer (Duddingston House Properties / Urbanist Hotel group) have unveiled a scaled-back vision for the site (see Edinburgh Planning portal reference 17/00588/FUL). New plans lodged with the city council for the project reveal that it will now have 127 rooms (20 fewer than before). The new submission’s stated aims are to pursue their original vision “to restore the unique building to prominence” and “create a world-class hotel of international standing”.

The original proposal was rejected by the Council planning officials and elected Councillors in late 2015 after the majority of heritage bodies and many residents (including the New town and Broughton Community Council )  objected to the scale of the development proposed and the adverse impact on the setting of this important listed building.

A parallel application to restore the building as a home for the St Mary’s Music School already has planning consent but cannot proceed due to contractual arrangements between Edinburgh Council and Duddingston House Properties.

Whilst we fully support in principle any scheme that will restore and safeguard the long-term future of this building , what was shown at the November public Consultation was not in our view sufficient to dispel the significant concerns we had with the previous proposal. That said, we  are currently examining  the planning application carefully before making our detailed response and we have extended an invitation to the developers to discuss these proposals in more detail with NTBCC and are awaiting their response.

We will communicate more details in the next few days but would urge everyone who is interested in the building’s future to examine these proposals and express their views to Edinburgh Council before 24 March.

Let us know what you think by contacting us through our website or attending our meeting on Monday 13 March.

Some funding opportunities

(adapted from an email from Katie Swann, Partnership Development Officer)

Greenspace Scotland Tesco Grants for open spaces, equipment, community events, sport, leisure activities & they are looking for more Edinburgh applications. Open to community groups,  schools & local authorities
http://greenspacescotland.org.uk/bags-of-help.aspx

Voluntary Arts Scotland new booklet - Cash for Culture Guide to Fundraising for voluntary led creative groups
https://www.voluntaryarts.org/cash-for-culture

The Spirit of Women Changemakers Grant which will fund activity to improve the wellbeing of women and girls.
http://www.evoc.org.uk/noticeboard/notices/the-spirit-of-women-changemakers-small-grants/

There’s some new funding available as part of the People’s Health Trust that might be of interest to you.
http://www.evoc.org.uk/updates/active-communities-funding-campaign/

Katie Swann | Partnership Development Officer | City of Edinburgh Council | South East Locality | City Chambers | Level 9, 329 High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1PN | 0131 529 7492 | katie.swann@edinburgh.gov.uk

Contacting community police officers

The Police Scotland West End Community Officers' contact details are

They emphasise that the email box is not monitored 24/7 so in circumstances where the Police are required 101 or 999 should always be the first port of call.

They encourage people to follow them on Twitter as 'we provide near daily updates about Police activity in the City Centre'.