NO CONFIDENCE IN THE CITY OF EDINBURGH PLANNING DEPARTMENT
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There is a new domestic development taking shape in Duddingston Village at gates into Holyrood Park that is causing widespread comment and concern. Right next to Duddingston Loch, this is a view made world famous by Raeburn’s celebrated painting of the Skating Minister. As the society charged with the protection of this outstanding designated Conservation Area, the Duddingston Conservation Society has been inundated with representations and comments from people both locally and city wide, and we ourselves are very concerned about the scale and inappropriateness of this development in what could not be a more sensitive and important site to the whole city.
We are not suggesting any criticism of the developers themselves; however, we are seriously concerned about the failings in the Council planning processes that could have allowed such an insensitive and intrusive development to have been approved, calling into question at a much wider level how well all our Conservation Areas are being protected by the Council. If this is the standard of protection that Conservation Areas receive how can local conservation bodies like ours continue to have any faith that we will have the support that we need? This is not a matter that we are prepared to let pass and we are pressing the Council for a full investigation into the process that produced such a shocking planning decision so that something like this can never happen again.
This is the letter we sent to the City of Edinburgh Council Chief Executive:
This is the reply from Alex Gudgeon Planning Officer:
This is the DVCS response to the Planning Department Letter:
This is the CEC Internal Investigation Report:
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