Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh revamp approved

Inverleith Gardens' residents Morris Grassie, David Carver, Marion Ralls and Alan Carson. Picture: Jane Barlow
Inverleith Gardens' residents Morris Grassie, David Carver, Marion Ralls and Alan Carson. Picture: Jane Barlow
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EXPANSION plans for the city’s Royal Botanic Garden have been approved despite a flood of heated objections.

A majority of members at today’s city council hearing voted through plans for a series of polytunnels, glasshouses and a staff building to be constructed at the Inverleith site.

Several compromises were made to the original proposal, with plans for a 26ft-tall vehicle shed abandoned and outdoor lighting scrapped.

But neighbours and community groups including the Inverleith Society were left fuming over the decision, which they said would threaten the character of one of Edinburgh’s most desirable neighbourhoods.

Community Council spokeswoman Pam Barnes said the new buildings were “industrial” in design and would have an impact on the conservation area.

The development - in the annexe of the Botanics - is surrounded on three sides by houses in Inverleith Gardens, Inverleith Avenue, Montagu Terrace and Inverleith Avenue South.

Garden director Dr Rae said the Botanic Garden was among the top five of its kind in the world, with the expansion crucial to retaining that international status.

The plans were approved by eight votes to four.