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Royal High School luxury hotel plan rejected by Scottish Government Ministers



Plans to transform the former Royal High School in Edinburgh into a luxury hotel have been rejected by ministers.

Revised proposals to redevelop the 19th-century A-listed building were rejected by city councillors in August 2017.

Duddingston House Properties and Urbanist Hotels, co-investors and developers behind the revised Rosewood Hotel scheme, then lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government which stalled progress with the building.

Ministers have now deemed the proposals would cause “considerable damage to the setting of one of the most important neoclassical buildings in the city” and rejected the appeal.

Kevin Stewart, minister for planning, said: “Scottish ministers have refused planning permission and listed building consent for two schemes for the conversion of the former Royal High School in Edinburgh to a hotel, in view of the proposals’ adverse effects on the historic environment.

“This follows the consideration of the appeals by independent reporters appointed by ministers.

“The appeals were considered by means of inquiry and hearing sessions in September and October 2018.

“In reaching their decisions, ministers carefully considered all the evidence presented and the reporters’ conclusions and recommendations.”

The property was built by Thomas Hamilton in 1829 and is owned by the local authority, but has been largely unused since the school moved out in 1968.

Under the rejected plans, parts of the building would be demolished and extensions would be added to the site.

A Scottish Government report into the plans found views of the building would be “spoiled by the overwhelming scale” by the proposed development.

Ministers agreed with these findings and also that the extensions would appear “overbearing, urbanising and out of context” as well as becoming a “distraction” in views of the principal Hamilton building and “harmful to its setting”.



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