At NTBCC’s September 11th meeting we welcomed the unanimous decision of the City Council’s Development Management sub committee to refuse the application to turn the old Royal High School Building into a hotel, although we were dismayed to learn that the developer intends to appeal. It is likely that this appeal will be heard along with their appeal against the 2015 refusal of the first hotel plan, which is currently on hold. Unfortunately, whilst planning consent has been granted to the much more sympathetic plans to reutilise the old RHS as the new home for the St Marys Music School, the City Council will not be in a position to lease the site to the school until these appeal are either withdrawn or determined.
We also discussed the benefits of a street or group of streets of being part of a residents’ association. A residents’ association like the Drummond Civic Association or the Fettes Row and Royal Crescent Association will usually have more clout with the City Council or developers than a group of residents- and several either have representatives on the Community Council or send representatives to our meeting on an ad hoc basis , which we much appreciate. The Regent, Royal and Calton Terraces Association was given a slot to present objections at the recent Royal High School hearing, as were NTBCC. We are keen to encourage more streets to form associations, (its not difficult or that time consuming) and can offer assistance to anyone interested in getting an association going. If you would like assistance, or have formed an association, and wish to establish contact with the Community Council, please email our Chair, Ian Mowat at firstname.lastname@example.org .