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Edinburgh Council overruled on Odeon demolition

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May 21 2010

Edinburgh Council overruled on Odeon demolition
The Scottish Government have refused listed building consent for the partial demolition of the former Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street, Edinburgh.

Duddingston House Properties had wished to convert the vacant premises into an “Art Hotel”, but a government reporter ruled that “not all alternatives to demolition had been fully explored.”

The Scottish Government’s reporter pointed out that the category B listed auditorium (which would have been demolished) is one of the few remaining in the UK of its style and stated “the repair of the building is not economically unviable.”

Edinburgh City Council had previously argued that the developers had demonstrated beyond all reasonable doubt that the building was unviable in its existing form, but that decision was called in by Scottish Ministers in June 2009.

Duddingston have six weeks within which to appeal the decision at the Court of Session and will release a statement “once the report has been digested.”

12 Comments

Scarlett O'Hara
#1 Posted by Scarlett O'Hara on 21 May 2010 at 14:48 PM
Well done the Cinema Theatre Association, Scotland for fighting this. And a hiss to CEC Planners who paid out thousands of taxpayer's cash for a 'consultant's report ' to say it wasn't viable to retain the auditorium, which only looked at it from the point of view of the developers.

The building should now be upgraded to A listing, as Historic Scotland wishes to do.

http://www.cinema-theatre.org.uk/atrisk/newvic_edinburgh.htm
Scarlett O'Hara
#2 Posted by Scarlett O'Hara on 21 May 2010 at 14:51 PM
Here's the entry on the Buildings at Risk Register
http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/BAR/detail.aspx?sctID=2259

Ashley Wilkes
#3 Posted by Ashley Wilkes on 21 May 2010 at 15:08 PM
To be fair to the lowlier CEC planners, they did try to block the demolition but there were higher forces at play...
Scarlett O'Hara
#4 Posted by Scarlett O'Hara on 21 May 2010 at 15:14 PM
Tomorrow is another day...
Rhett Butler
#5 Posted by Rhett Butler on 21 May 2010 at 19:37 PM
So what now Scarlett ? Leave it sitting empty to rot ?
Scarlett O'Hara
#6 Posted by Scarlett O'Hara on 21 May 2010 at 19:40 PM
Read the report, Rhett. Give a damn. Others do. They wanted to rescue it.
Ashley Wilkes
#7 Posted by Ashley Wilkes on 22 May 2010 at 00:12 AM
No Rhett, the christian evangelical's take it over and give the conservationist zealots occasional access. Until the rapture occurs.
Scarlett O'Hara
#8 Posted by Scarlett O'Hara on 22 May 2010 at 13:23 PM
That's fine, the building will still be intact, and looked after. But there again, it could be re-opened as a cinema. At least this gives some time to re-think the demoliton plans.
Oscar Deutsch
#9 Posted by Oscar Deutsch on 25 May 2010 at 17:08 PM
How strange, where did the non-contentious, pro-conservation posts from this morning go to...?
A Non
#10 Posted by A Non on 25 May 2010 at 17:56 PM
On the other story?
http://www.urbanrealm.com/news/2397/Doubts_raised_over_Odeon_verdict.html#comment612

Oscar Deutsch
#11 Posted by Oscar Deutsch on 25 May 2010 at 19:00 PM
Oh aye, silly me, too much caffeine today!
angryscot
#12 Posted by angryscot on 10 Sep 2010 at 20:39 PM
Oh Boohoo Edinburgh. You lose a cinema.

We lost half of Glasgow. Looks like we have to just 'deal with it'.

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