Royal Botanic Garden revamp objectors win hearing

There are plans to revamp the Royal Botanic Gardens. Picture: Andrew Stuart
There are plans to revamp the Royal Botanic Gardens. Picture: Andrew Stuart
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PROTESTERS objecting to a revamp Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden have won a public hearing.

The controversial plan would see the building of a 200ft long vehicle shed, while old glasshouses will be replaced by a mix of polytunnels, mesh tunnels and glasshouses.

Some views from homes in surrounding streets will be affected and a number of residents have raised objections which include fears over the noise produced by a new boiler facility at the site.

The site is bounded on three sides by residential properties fronting Inverleith Gardens, Inverleith Avenue, Montagu Terrace and Inverleith Avenue South. Inverleith councillor Iain Whyte pushed for the hearing, adding: “There is a view among local residents’ groups that the process to date has not made any proper attempt to accommodate real and significant concerns about the impact of the scheme.”

The hearing is to be heard at the council chambers in two weeks’ time.