India Buildings £60m Old Town hotel plan gets green light

MAJOR plans for a £60 million hotel in the heart of the Old Town have been given the go-ahead.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 12:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 2:02 pm
Andy Jansons, director of Jansons Property, in the India Buildings. File picture: Jane Barlow

The 225-bedroom facility – descending from Victoria Street to the Cowgate – will feature a bar, restaurant, cafe, retail and commercial units.

The crumbling 19th century, A-listed India Buildings at the top of Victoria Street are a key part of the proposed redevelopment, as is the B-listed Cowgatehead Church and a further C-listed building.

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But heritage groups and local residents have previously slammed the scheme for being too big and bulky and for “stealing” light from the nearby Central Library.

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Councillors voted to give the developer Jansons Property planning permission by eight votes to six.