Apartments planned in Edinburgh car park rejected

Apartments planned in Edinburgh car park rejected

Apartments planned in Edinburgh car park rejected

Apartments planned in Edinburgh car park rejected

A bid to build nine new homes in the car park of an Edinburgh hotel has been rejected.

Developer Dogma Square Properties Ltd and Comprehensive Design Architects put forward proposals for the new homes in the 41-space car park of Canon Court Aparthotel in Canonmills.

Under the plans, the four-storey block would have provided flats over three storeys with a commercial unit and ancillary space on the ground floor.


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The application statement read: “A pre-application discussion has been held with Edinburgh City Council’s planning department, and subsequent written feedback has been provided.

“This confirmed that the principle of residential and small-scale commercial uses is generally supported on the site.”

The developer statement also noted: “Historically this part of Canonmills was predominantly industrial use and the site was formerly part of the Edinburgh marble, granite and stone works. This was owned by the sculptor Stewart McGlashan who was responsible for first creating machines capable of creating highly polished granite.

“The area sits between two parts of the New Town has a history of infill development, with buildings developing in an ad hoc manner.

“The site previously housed a number of buildings of varying shapes and sizes, before it was cleared in the second half of the 20th century, and has since become a car park for the aparthotel.”

However, planners said the apartments would have “a negative impact” on the character of its conservation area setting.

The council said in its decision notice that the plan “would have a negative impact [on] the character of the conservation area by virtue of its size, height, form and positioning on the site in relation to neighbouring properties”.


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