The Big Picture: Edinburgh's Christmas controversy

Edinburgh City Council has confirmed an annual Christmas market will be going ahead, even though planning permission will not be granted until the new year.

Christmas market: no planning consent (Pic credit: MARTIN P MCADAM)
Christmas market: no planning consent (Pic credit: MARTIN P MCADAM)

The Cockburn Association conservation group raised concerns last month that market structures were being installed, despite planning permission having lapsed. Market operator Underbelly said it was unable to submit a new application without council approval of the market structures, which was only received last month. Underbelly must now consult for 12 weeks before formally seeking permission - which is expected to be granted after the market has been taken down.


Number of planning applications submitted
for the 2019 Edinburgh Christmas market


Number of weeks that market operator Underbelly must consult on its proposals before submitting a planning application


Number of daily visitors at last year’s Edinburgh Christmas Market


Number of years for which Underbelly will seek planning permission - including 2019


Number of market stalls and bars to be in operation at this year’s market


Number of days for which the 2019 market is expected to be in operation

Sources: Underbelly, Scottish Government, Edinburgh City Council, BBC/Scotsman, Edinburgh’s Christmas website

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