Plan must be rejected

Another graceless box that will blight Edinburgh

Cowgate hotel
Dreadful – new hotel plan for Cowgate

Plans have been unveiled for another controversial development in Edinburgh that is likely to stir up more objections from the world heritage lobby.

A 235-bedroom hotel will see a number of listed buildings bought back into use, and the space between Victoria Street and the Cowgate developed.

But critics will see the building as another box squeezed in among historic neighbours in Cowgate.

Drawn up by ICA Architects on behalf of Jansons Property, the hotel will form the centrepiece of a £65 million regeneration of the A-listed India Buildings at the top of Victoria Street.

The rundown Cowgatehead Church will be renovated and brought into use as part of the new hotel.  If approved, the hotel development could be open for business by the end of 2017.

Andy Jansons, managing director of Jansons Property, said: “We’re determined to make sure that these proposals transform this fantastic area of the city centre.

“Our proposals will also lift what is one of the most run-down frontages of the Cowgate.”

> Daily Business Comment: Andy Jansons is right that this area needs a lift. But this is a horrible intrusion into the historic heart of the city.

The council is already under fire for allowing a series of awful and inappropriate developments around the city and has been warned that its Unesco status is at risk.

Edinburgh city councillors must reject this plan.


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