Edinburgh street Circus Lane made famous on Instagram at centre of planning wrangle

Neighbours fear new home risks damaging stunning view popular with tourists

Friday, 29th November 2019, 7:46 am
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 8:08 am

ONE of Edinburgh's most celebrated streets is at the centre of a development dispute over plans for a new home.

Architects behind the proposed mews on Circus Lane, Stockbridge, claim it fits in well with the rest of the cobbled street.

But neighbours are being rallied to oppose the plans at the council over fears they risk damaging one of the city's most famous vistas.

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Circus Lane is popular with Instagrammers

"The proposed development site has historically never had any mews houses," reads a poster put up along the lane.

"As a result, if approved, the proposed development is likely to result all the gardens at the east end being developed.

"This will result in the unique character of that end of the lane being lost forever.

"The proposed house is also not particularly sympathetic to the rest of the lane."

The poster signs off urging anyone opposed to the plans to object to the council by December 13.

Circus Lane has become an internet sensation attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world each year to snap photos and post them online.

Calton Road-based architects Somner Macdonald conclude in their plans: "Hopefully, we have demonstrated that the design and rationale are plausible and that we have shown care and understanding in producing a design which respects the existing buildings and their wider setting."