Hotel and conference centre generally consistent with indicative masterplan

A reporter was satisfied that a hotel and conference centre proposed within an area covered by a masterplan encompassing Edinburgh airport and the Royal Highland Centre was consistent with uses proposed in the area.

The appeal site fell within an area of the masterplan which proposed uses to provide an improved entrance into the centre including a replacement security and parking office facility. However, the appellant stated that the design framework for the RHC supported the use of non-car means of transport to access the site by visitors and that the site had never been used for parking.

In making her site visit the reporter agreed that the site did not appear to have been used for car parking and the masterplan supported hotel uses. While the council’s design framework indicated that the site comprised an area of strategic green space, this was not consistent with the masterplan. The hotel could support both the centre and other markets, she decided, and therefore the principle was acceptable.

However, the reporter was unable to reconcile the financial contribution which should be payable towards transportation improvements to mitigate the impact on the local road network. On this basis she issued a minded to grant decision subject to resolving this issue.

Reporter: Lorna McCallum; Written representations

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