Revamped plan fails to woo campaigners

A development on the edge of Edinburgh's world heritage site has failed to win over campaigners, a year after plans for a 17-storey hotel were rejected by ministers.

Tiger Developments has submitted an application for four office buildings and a three-star hotel rising up to eight storeys on the former Morrison Street Goods Yard close to Haymarket station. Two public squares would also be created.

Masterplanners Richard Murphy Architects claimed that the company has tackled the issues raised during last year's public inquiry and said the £100 million scheme will be a landmark entrance to the world heritage site and city centre.

However, heritage groups said little has changed. "The overall height of the development is a significant concern," said Marion Williams, director of Edinburgh's civic society the Cockburn Association.

The previous plans were approved by the city council but rejected last October. The inquiry reporter concluded that a 17-storey hotel would dominate the area.

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