Parly security plans backed

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CITY planners are recommending approval for a controversial £5 million extension to the Scottish Parliament.

Holyrood bosses are seeking consent for a security pavilion at the front of the building, which would allow visitors to be searched before entering the parliament itself.

Michael Duncan, who worked on the original parliament design, described the extension as a “bothy”.

Riccardo Marini, the council’s “design tsar”, said he was “saddened” by what was happening to the parliament and called for it to be listed to prevent further intrusions.

But planning officials said the extension was only a “minor addition”.