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September 10 2008

Edinburgh Zoo are to mount a challenge against a council ruling that forbids the sale of green belt land for housing.  

The zoo is keen to press ahead with a land sale which, it is hoped, will raise £20 million towards new visitor facilities.  Despite being recommended for approval by council officials.  Councillors voted by a margin of seven to one to reject the plans.

Eddie Price, chairman of the Friends of Corstorphine Hill group, said: “The scheme is crazy.  It’s a beautiful piece of land and the views are phenomenal.”

The scheme does enjoy the support of some high profile backers however, notably former Lord Provost Eric Milligan who argued: "It was a disgraceful decision, taken after years of detailed consideration by planning officers (who recommended approval]."

 

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