Over 2000 objections to Royal High hotel plan

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More than 2000 objections have been lodged against a developer’s controversial plans to transform the old Royal High School into a luxury hotel.

The sheer weight of public opposition comes as Unesco inspectors finished a two-day visit to the Capital to assess the impact of recent planning decisions on the city’s World Heritage status.

Today, the council said it had invited the experts – from the UK committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos), which advises Unesco – to “participate in a review” of the city’s World Heritage Site management plan.

Planning leader Councillor Ian Perry said the visit had been a “welcome opportunity” to discuss the planning process.

He said: “We have invited Icomos to participate in a review of the management plan for the World Heritage Site which will support us as we continue to ensure that Edinburgh’s developments respect and complement the historic built environment.

“We take our management of the site very seriously and have agreed to an ongoing dialogue around how we continue to integrate new development with our heritage, in line with the city’s economic needs.”

A total of 2457 people have made their voice heard on the council’s website. It is thought the majority of these comments are objections – with more still to be counted in the form of written letters.

Earlier this month, the sheer volume of traffic to the council’s online planning portal caused the site to crash.