Day of reckoning for Caltongate project
Edinburgh City Council is due to make a decision regarding the controversial £300m Caltongate development at a special meeting on Wednesday 6 February. The project involves demolishing listed buildings in Edinburgh’s Old Town to make room for a hotel and conference centre. It has provoked strong objections from heritage groups and locals.
Historic Scotland asserts that there should be a presumption in favour of preserving listed buildings, especially those in good condition such as in this case. Developers say there is an economic case for their plans. Edinburgh World Heritage has dismissed the economic case, arguing that it is “not backed by real evidence”. Due to the high number of objections, the matter may ultimately be referred to Scottish ministers.