- Published on Sunday, 05 October 2014 05 October 2014
Edinburgh City Council is hoping that the sale of a derelict yard in Kings Stables Road will result in a "landmark development of shops apartments and hotels".
Why it needs to be a "landmark" when the site is just beneath the Castle is open to question – and does the area need yet another hotel?
The Council is selling the derelict cleansing department yard behind 6 - 20 Kings Stables Road, advertising it as suitable for a "landmark development of shops apartments and hotels". It would be a very attractive site for a hotel as it is just beneath the Castle with fantastic views – if you don't mind a crick in your neck.
Though why Edinburgh needs more hotels is a mystery to most Old Town residents, especially given that the Radisson on the High Street is currently up for sale.
Official planning guidance for the area proposes a mixture of uses, predominantly residential with offices, commercial, retail and hotel.
In the Trust's view this is a very suitable site for adding to the Old Town's dwindling stock of family housing, a view that’s strongly supported by the Old Town Community Council.
The Council's urban design guidelines for the site include a hypothetical 3D study of building form. This recommends the replacement of the 1960s office block at 20 Kings Stables Road (currently under scaffolding for safety reasons) with a new building of similar height (4/5 storeys), which could be extended to the West and South.
The mainly 2 storey historic buildings lining the South and East sides of the yard are to be restored or replaced at a similar height. The existing tenements at 6-15 Kings Stables Road (mainly privately owned) will be retained, but with their ground floors, currently empty stores and part of the sale site, used for retail/shopping to enliven the street frontage; a good idea to try and brighten up what can be a dreary, and at night, threatening place for pedestrians.