Planning Convener: Caltongate development will not threaten World Heritage status

Cllr Ian Perry writes joint letter with Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage, published in Friday's Evening News.

Dear Editor

Your report of January 31st about the ‘Caltongate’ development does not represent an accurate or balanced representation of the facts.

Proposed developments in the World Heritage Site are always assessed in terms of their impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the Site. 

The City of Edinburgh Council has a clear and established protocol with Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH) for commenting on development issues, which ensures that their views are considered at an early stage. 

In this case, Edinburgh World Heritage advised the City of Edinburgh Council that the proposals recently passed by committee had met the requirements put forward by UNESCO’s 2008 reactive monitoring mission to Edinburgh. 

Whilst Edinburgh World Heritage advised that the proposals would have a minor negative impact on the World Heritage Site, it was made clear that this of itself would not warrant inclusion on the World Heritage "in danger" list" or threaten its status as a World Heritage Site.

Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site is a vital asset for the city, which brings enormous cultural, social and economic benefits for its citizens. 

Edinburgh World Heritage will continue to work with the Council and all of its partners to ensure full consideration of the importance of the city’s historic legacy, while recognising the need for growth and sustainability. 

Cllr Ian Perry, Convener of the Planning Committee 

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage

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