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Edinburgh masterplanner hits back in Caltongate row

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The main masterplanner behind the huge Caltongate development in Edinburgh has hit back at claims that it 'will destroy the Old Town.'

Alan Murray Architects has strongly refuted claims that its vast redevelopment of the Cannongate region of the city will do anything but 'revitalise' the area.

Alan Murray, practice director, said: 'Whenever there is any change you will always have people claiming it is destroying something. Change always gives people cause for concern.

'But the vast consensus from the general public is that this region is in desperate need of regeneration. The area is derelict; it is a former bus station and gas works which has been left to rot for many years.

'This new development will offer 2,500 new jobs, 200 new homes and a new public square.'

Murray's response follows a scathing attack from former planning boss Bob Cairns, who yesterday claimed the regeneration work will 'destroy the Old Town' and that it is knocking down 'perfectly good' Royal Mile buildings.

by Richard Vaughan

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