Royal High School Update

Royal High School Update

Pre-Examination Meeting 20.07.16 City Chambers

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Our Forth & Borders Cases Panel continue to campaign as the future of Edinburgh’s Former Royal High School is still unknown.

This A listed building is the centre point of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the subject of a planning application to turn the former school in to a 6 star hotel. Our Cases Panel, along with heritage and planning experts from across the world, objected strongly to the proposed design on the grounds that it was highly inappropriate both for this building and this location.

Refused by the City of Edinburgh Council on 17th December 2015, Duddingston House Properties and the Urbanist Group have now appealed the decision. The DPEA have appointed two reporters to consider the appeal, whilst the Scottish Government have ‘Called it in’ and will make the final decision.

The Cases Panel continue to make representations whenever possible. Please read our letters of objection below.

Objection September 2015

Objection April 2016

There is an alternative proposal to use the building for the new residence of St Mary’s Music School. Our Cases Panel has seen initial designs and approve in principle.

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