The New Town & Broughton Community Council have assessed the proposal to essentially demolish the last remaining building associated with the history of milling along the water of Leith at 1 -3 Canon Street (17/05967/FUL). This building (whilst not currently listed nor provided with the protection afforded by being within a Conservation area) has clear historical significance. It is the last remaining physical vestige of a history of milling in the area which goes back to the 12th century and stretches along the Water of Leith as far as the the Dean Village.
Although this particular building on the corner of Canon Street and Eyre Place has suffered through its many changes over the last century, the façade of the main building still provides historic context and continues to add charm to this corner of the city and is cherished by many local residents.
The proposed design, when set amongst the surrounding buildings has a thoroughly unsympathetic presence with regard to height, roofline and materials at the higher storeys – being an unwelcome intruder to this area – a ”cuckoo in the nest”……. The substitution of the glazed, zinc-clad upper storey for the hipped pantile roof is particularly regretted and in our view, inappropriate.
Given the significant concerns raised by many in the local community, NTBCC have registered their objection to the changes proposed for the building on the corner of Eyre Place / Canon Street – being a more than necessary intervention and furthermore, imposing a design form that destroys any architectural linkage with the building’s heritage. We would have hoped for a significantly more sympathetic treatment of the building.
Our objection can be viewed here.