A petition has launched calling on Scottish ministers to overturn Edinburgh Council’s decision to grant planning to a controversial hotel within the city’s St James masterplan
So far 392 people have signed the petition calling on MSPs to overturn the hotel’s planning decision.
Earlier this week councillors ignored the recommendation of officers to refuse the Jestico + Whiles-designed scheme.
Planning officers had concluded that the 173-bed building was higher and bulkier than the dimensions approved in an outline planning application for the former St James shopping centre.
The 210-room hotel, which will be the ‘centrepiece’ to the £850 million Edinburgh St James redevelopment, will feature a ‘lofty bar, lounge and restaurant space boasting 360 degree panoramic views over’ the Scottish capital.
The ten storey egg-shaped building will be wreathed in a bundle of bronze ribbons which curl into a raised swirl at the top.
In a statement, campaign founder Lynsey Macfadyen, said: ‘We believe that this design does not fit in with Edinburgh’s historical and beautiful look and would be better suited elsewhere.’
The scheme had already received criticism from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland which said the building would dominate the St James quarter and key views of the New Town.
Jestico + Whiles saw off competition from Allies & Morrison, KPF and WATG (Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo) to win the job to design the hotel back in March.
Backed by TIAA Henderson Real Estate, the wider development will replace the 1970s St James shopping mall and also includes 42,500m² of shops, office space, a digital theatre, restaurants and 250 homes.
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