Bid to turn Old Royal High School into a luxury hotel is rejected

Councillor Ian Perry, Planning Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, has responded to today's decision to reject plans to turn the Old Royal High School into a luxury hotel.

He said: “Our job is to make sure that any development in Edinburgh strikes a balance between protecting the city’s heritage and developing its economy.

“Committee members have today agreed with planning officers’ recommendations that this application fails to do this, and have therefore refused to grant it.

“This was a very difficult decision, and not one we took any pleasure in taking, but it came down to the scale of the development, which was ultimately too great.”

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