After alot of time pouring through hundreds of documents we can now reveal some images of the new plans for the Caltongate Site at Canongate/ East Market St.
The developers Artisan have made big issue of having responded to previous objections and creating a more sympathetic and viable development so it is a great disappointment to see
another bland scheme presented which is focused on providing more tourist accommodation
(hotels) with lots of provision for bars/cafes and restaurants to provide 'night-time' activity.
|East Market St/Arches before and after development|
The new planning application for the 'Southern Site' covers the publicly owned Arches, Common Good land and Canongate Venture,as well as The Ark and neighbouring McRae tenements on the Royal Mile (half of which are council flats)
Planning Application 13/03407/FUL for the Demolition, Redevelopment and Erection of buildings for mixed use development comprises
- A Hotel over Ark and Royal Mile tenaments with double height pend, cafes/bar and commercial use at ground/mezzaine levels retaining rubble facade but no housing on the Mile.
- Removal of Railings,playground,terrace and basement to Canongate Venture and erection of a smaller glass extension with roof terrace on East Market St and a glass extension to rear of CanongateVenture (plans indicate the ground floor to become a huge open plan cafe/bar/resturant with conference facilities on the upper floor).
- 2 x 6 story hotels with commercial uses on East Market St over the Common Good market and CanongteVenture playground.
- A Glass fronted 2 story 'leisure' complex to be built over the open space beside the Arches and conversion of the Arches to Retail and Cafe/bar/resturant uses.
|Hotel developments over Common Good Market and Canongate Venture playground|
The plans are uninspired bland architecture and there appears to be unspecified uses for all the buildings proposed, They include lots of possible uses - hotel, club, restaurant, retail, bar. cafe, leisure, office etc - but do not define the balance or what goes where. This makes assessing the impact of the development and the traffic/servicing impossible!
The fear for many is this development will result in the destruction of this unique historic Market Street to become yet another drinking destination for Stag and Hens.
Recent news of an operator looking to develop a 'pod' hotel for this purpose demonstrates these fears are a real possibility.
If you care what happens to your city centre then now is the time to OBJECT
You can still comment on this Major Application
for the development of the Southern Site on the Edinburgh Council
Planning Portal using the Reference 13/03407/FUL.
Objections need to be submitted
BEFORE FRIDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
Remember to ensure your objections are considered 'Material'
If you cannot use the planning portal, objections can be submitted by email or handed in (make sure you include the reference number) to
Jennifer Paton (case officer)
City of Edinburgh Council
East Market St
(usually a good idea to get a receipt)
Email planning contacts:
email@example.com (general help desk)