Royal High School – our submission in support for St Mary’s Music School proposal

The New Town & Broughton Community Council have had the opportunity for several face to face discussions to hear the Royal High School Preservation Trust’s aspirations for the former Royal High School in terms of providing facilities to enable St Marys Music School to be relocated from Grosvenor Crescent.

NTBCC are very supportive of their scheme in terms of the proposed aesthetic and education use, as a publically-accessible performance venue and for preserving its historic legacy. We take the view that this proposal on balance does achieve a sensitive adaptation for this historic building of international significance and have submitted supportive comments on the proposal to Edinburgh Council covering the Listed Building Consent. Generally, from a Listed Building standpoint, the level of intervention proposed on the key south-facing façade is minimal, and the proposed alterations in our view add value to the structure and overhaul its setting fit for modern schooling and cultural events. NTBCC’s letter of support to the Listed Building Consent (LBC) application is here.

It is clear that this proposal is considerably more appropriate than other recent applications due to its sympathetic reuse and complimentary redevelopment of the main Royal High building and its current setting. The Old Royal High School is one of Edinburgh’s most important cultural assets and has both national and local significance. We believe that the opportunity to protect, enhance and secure a viable long term future for this asset should be strongly supported.

Although the final date for making comments on the Listed Building Consent (15/05665/LBC) was 14th January, comments can still be made on the overall planning application (15/05662/FUL) until Friday 22nd January ; we would urge anyone who is interested in the future of these buildings to do so.

This can be done in a number of ways. Edinburgh Council prefer to receive comments online as they can be processed electronically. This is particularly important with applications that attract a high degree of public interest – such as this one. You can also send an email or letter to euan.mcmeeken@edinburgh.gov.uk  provided they are received by 22nd January.