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Developer vows to fight flats demolition order in Edinburgh

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The developer behind a £1 million block of 14 luxury flats in Edinburgh designed by Keith Cunningham Architects has threatened legal action after the city council demanded that the development be demolished.

The council issued an enforcement order earlier this month, ordering the four-storey Kirk Brae project be knocked down, after planners claimed it had been built four metres out of position.

But Andy Burrell of the Burrell Company accused planners of getting it wrong and defended his builders against claims that they acted illegally.

Burrell warned that, if the enforcement notice is not revoked, his company would have to pursue other avenues, including legal options.

Burrell claimed planners had mis-measured the position of the new apartment block, which was in fact only two metres out of position - a situation that is 'quite normal' in the construction industry. 'I cannot believe that they got the measurements so wrong, ' Burrell said. 'They were completely false.We have not contravened a single planning guideline.'

And he added he was furious that the planners had submitted their application for the enforcement notice over the festive period. 'We did not even know this was happening. They did not give us a chance to remonstrate, ' he said.

Keith Cunningham agreed that the whole episode was a 'complete debacle'. 'The planners' allegation about where we built the scheme is completely wrong, ' he said. 'The city council has completely mistreated us.We still have this enforcement notice hanging over us demanding that the project is demolished.We are not going to let them make us knock it down because of their mistake.'

Edinburgh City Council's planning department said it had returned to the site to reassess its measurements, but refused to comment further.

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