The New Town & Broughton Community Council along with 30 others had objected to the planning application lodged late in 2017 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), albeit with elements of the main facade retained in the proposed new building.
Whilst the building was not listed (nor provided with the protection afforded by being within a Conservation area), we believed that it had historical significance ; being 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 Dean Village.
Although there were a surprising number of comments submitted in support of the proposal, we are heartened to see that this application has been withdrawn by the agent.
Our objection can be viewed in our previous post in January 2018.
We had stated that we objected to the changes sought for this building as we believed that the proposal represented a more than necessary intervention on the building and imposed a design form that destroyed any architectural linkage with the building’s heritage. We had hoped for a significantly more sympathetic treatment of the building which may now be forthcoming.