Royal High: ‘Most important decision you will take’

The Royal High. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
The Royal High. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
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Today’s decision on whether to approve plans to turn the Royal High School into a luxury hotel is the most important the city’s planning committee will ever take, heritage watchdogs have warned.

Marion Williams, director of the Cockburn Association, made the dramatic claim as councillors hear presentations both against and in favour of the £75 million project.

“We will all be judged by today’s decision, and I ask you to make the right one,” she told the councillors who will deliver their decision this afternoon.

The hotel plans are “not an appropriate use” for the historic landmark, she said, describing the Royal High as the architectural pinnacle of egalitarian Edinburgh.

Adam Wilkinson, director of Edinburgh World Heritage, has also urged the city council’s planning committee “in the strongest terms” to reject Duddingston House Properties plans.

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