30 June 20212 min read

Unanimous approval for landmark hotel

Nick Roberts

Obtaining consent for a listed building in a World Heritage Site

In June 2021 the proposed redevelopment of 109–112 Princes Street was unanimously granted planning and listed building consent at the City of Edinburgh Planning Committee. This major development, located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of a 210-bedroom hotel with associated restaurant, bars, spa and rooftop bar was first submitted for planning in December 2020. The 6-month process of consultation was concluded with the nine person committee all voting in favour of the application.

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[The proposed development] will set the tone for change that’s going to come — the best of the future but also the best of the past.

Councillor Jo Mowat

City of Edinburgh Council

The planning process was positive and constructive throughout

Consultation was undertaken with various bodies such as: Edinburgh World Heritage, The Cockburn Association, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, Essential Edinburgh and the Scottish Liberal Club.

The approval of the Princes Street development joins a long list of other successful applications we have achieved in this historic city. It represents our 14th planning approval in Edinburgh in as many years. There are very few architectural practices with our level of success in the city — and none with our breadth of hotel developments.

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It is our view that the proposals are consistent with the ongoing and necessary diversification of uses along Princes Street as part of the City Centre Transformation Project, including increasing the priority being given to accessibility and permeability by pedestrians — important in the wider context of the successful transformation of the city centre.

Cockburn Association

Edinburgh Civic Trust

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