Picture House superpub plans put on hold

A decision on the Picture House has been delayed. Pic: Ian Georgeson
A decision on the Picture House has been delayed. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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PLANS to turn the Picture House into a giant “superpub” have been put on hold.

Councillors were expected to give the proposals the green light yesterday, but they have now delayed their decision.

They said they needed more information and would be holding talks with Police Scotland and environmental health experts.

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon bought the Lothian Road venue in December 2013, amid protests that one of few live music venues in the Capital would be lost.

More than 13,000 people signed a petition, while a parliamentary motion opposing the change won cross-party support.

Edinburgh Central MSP Marco Biagi has welcomed the decision to investigate the planning application further.

He said: “I share the concerns of many music fans that a unique and much-loved music venue might be replaced by a chain superpub, which would be a damaging blow to Edinburgh’s live music scene.

“A superpub would have a detrimental impact on the amenity of the area, increasing alcohol consumption and fuelling antisocial behaviour.

“I hope that the council now take seriously their commitment to the local music scene.”