Commenting on today's decision by Edinburgh Council to refuse proposals for the six star hotel in the former Royal High School building, Deidre Brock MP said:-
"This was a passionate debate and everyone involved wants what's best for Edinburgh, but I believe the right decision was made. I've no objection to a new hotel in the city, but this is simply not the right place for it.
"Now the hotel proposal has been refused, it'd be good to see a swift decision taken on a more suitable use for this iconic building. Everyone in Edinburgh is fed up with the building lying dormant - we can't wait another 50 years for a decision to be made.
"Thankfully there are alternative proposals for a music school and concert hall already on the table. The exciting plans from the Royal High School Preservation Trust would protect the heritage of Thomas Hamilton's building while breathing new life into this corner of the capital. I hope these plans can be taken forward without delay."
Decision to refuse planning permission for the change of use of the former Royal High School was taken today (17/12/15) by the City of Edinburgh Council's Development Management Sub-Committee
The proposals for St Mary's Music School and concert hall from the Royal High School Preservation Trust: http://www.rhspt.org/a-new-concert-hall.html