Planners approve hotel renovation

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THE renovation of a historic property at the foot of Calton Hill into a four-star hotel has been given the green light.

Edinburgh City Council’s planning committee yesterday approved plans to turn the property on Baxter’s Place next to the Playhouse Theatre into a 239-bed hotel.

The row of Georgian townhouses at the top of Leith Walk is the former home of renowned engineer Robert 
Stevenson.

Marriott Hotels has been tipped as the likely chain to run the facility.

Developer Chris Stewart said the iconic terrace would be restored to its former glory.