Calton Hill Draft Management Plan

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

This draft management plan (32 MB PDF) was commissioned by Edinburgh World Heritage on behalf of the Calton Hill Steering Group. It aims to direct future management and maintenance of this landmark site and will be presented to City of Edinburgh Council on 15 March 2018.

The Calton Hill Steering Group would welcome your views and feedback on this draft document.  Please see the link below which will take you directly to a survey through which any comments or suggestions can be made. This survey will close on Tuesday 7 November 2017.

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/calton-hill-draft-management-plan-1

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Murphy (Edinburgh Council) using the details below.

Thank you in advance for taking part.

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Royal High School – New Appeal to the Scottish Reporter

We reported on September 3 that NTBCC was relieved (but not surprised) that the latest planning application to redevelop the former RHS as a hotel by Duddingston House Properties and the Urbanist Hotel group had been unanimously rejected by Edinburgh Council.

We had urged the Development Management Sub-committee to unanimously reject the latest application – reflecting both the significant and detrimental impact on the Edinburgh World heritage site and Conservation area but also to acknowledge the unprecedented public opposition to the proposal. A unanimous rejection would send a clear message that further appeals would not be in the public interest.

Our submission to the DMC on 31 August can be viewed here.

We commended the Council officers’ on their thorough, comprehensive and well-reasoned report recommending refusal of the latest application and their view was strongly supported by Historic Environment Scotland, the Cockburn Association, Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, the AHSS and the three Ward Councillors amongst others as well as ourselves  and the adjacent Residents Association.

 

The persistent theme raised by many objectors focussed on the unique importance of this building and its setting, and the inappropriateness of the height and scale of the design, ‘too much, for too little site’ irrespective of the economic benefit that tourism to the hotel would bring.

However, we were of the opinion that it was extremely unlikely that this would be an end to the matter; and that the Royal High School would be being entirely safe from inappropriate development.

The first hotel proposal is still at the Inquiry stage with Scottish Government Reporters and was on hold (“ sisted”) until 8th September.

The developers have now given notice that they intend to appeal this latest unanimous decision and, as far as we understand, restart the appeal for the narrowly rejected original decision.

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NTBCC March meeting agenda – UPDATE

As well as the normal items, the agenda includes a presentation and Q & A on the revised hotel proposal for the former Royal High School by Duddingston House Properties and Urbanist Hotels development team – see planning application 17/00588/FUL. with representatives from Urbanist Hotels, Hoskins Architects and Sorrell Associates.

In addition, given the various news items on the proposed closure of Leith Street (between Waterloo Place and Calton Road) which is scheduled for discussion at next weeks Edinburgh Council Transport & Environment Committee, we will also be hearing from Donald Anderson (who is working with Henderson Global regarding the St James Centre) about the justification and background to the proposed closure of Leith Street for 44 weeks, starting after this year's Edinburgh Festival. More details can be found here.