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Hugely revised masterplan for central Edinburgh approved - image

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Edinburgh Council has given the thumbs-up to Allan Murray Architects' (AMA) revised blueprint to overhaul a large expanse of the city's Old Town.

However, objectors to the controversial £200 million Caltongate scheme, including a number of influential conservation bodies, have complained they were not been given enough time to look at changes.

The original designs (pictured), which boasted plans for the first new street in the historic area since the 19th century, were given the green light to go ahead with public consultation back in March ( ajplus 10.03.06).

Following weeks of consultation, the project was subsequently scaled down and the new road linking Waverley Station with the Royal Mile - nicknamed Parliament Way - has been dropped.

It is understood the demolition programme has also been pared down, with only one tenement instead of two facing the bulldozers.

Yet preservationists such as the Cockburn Association feel the proposals have been rushed through, having only been given days to review the amended masterplan.

Moira Tasker from the Cockburn Association said: 'We weren't given much time to consider the plan and, as a result, we can't really comment on them.

'However we are still concerned about the height of parts of the development and the fact that the scheme is predicated on demolishing listed buildings.'

by Richard Waite

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