Historic Scotland has joined the debate on Edinburgh Council’s controversial plan to demolish Meadowbank Stadium and replace it with a cut-down sports centre and hundreds of flats by saying the plan has “the potential to affect” neighbouring Holyrood Park.
The Government agency made this statement in a response to two planning applications which are due to be decided by Edinburgh Council’s Planning Committee in late June.
“We have assessed it for our historic environment interests and consider that the proposals have the potential to affect the following,” said the agency before naming Holyrood Park which it describes as a Scheduled Monument.
The unsigned electronic document, which has been published on Edinburgh Council’s planning portal, tells the Council: “You should also seek advice from your archaeology and conservation service for matters including unscheduled archaeology and category B and C-listed buildings.
“We have considered the information received and do not have any comments to make on the proposals. Our decision not to provide comments should not be taken as our support for the proposals. This application should be determined in accordance with national and local policy on development affecting the historic environment, together with related policy guidance.”
Edinburgh Council’s planning portal also shows the effect 12 storey buildings on the Meadowbank site would have on the view from Holyrood Park. The open view looking eastwards along Meadowbank Terrace would be replaced with multiple high rise buildings.
“This is just one more reason for Councillors to reconsider this controversial development,” said Save Meadowbank spokesperson Linda Furley.
“Hundreds have attended public meetings including one where just ONE person showed support for the plans.
“Thousands more have signed petitions and the Council’s own website shows the plan to change land use is supported by less than one in seven, while the plan to downsize Meadowbank has a support rate of around one in six.
“Councillors must now look again at this controversial development and reflect on the sheer strength of opposition there is to it.”
Edinburgh Council’s planning committee is due to decide on the two planning applications for the Meadowbank site when it meets on 29 June.