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17-storey hotel dropped from new Haymarket plan

posted 26 May 2010, 18:25 by David Rintoul   [ updated 26 May 2010, 18:44 ]

A towering five-star hotel has been dropped from a multi-million pound development earmarked for a notorious gap site next to Edinburgh's Haymarket railway station.

A deal with global operator Intercontinental has been scrapped after plans for a 17-storey hotel in the area triggered widespread condemnation and a public inquiry.

The Scottish Government rejected the previous £250 million scheme, which had the leaf-shaped hotel as its centrepiece building, last October on the grounds that it would dominate the area and ruin classic views of the city's skyline.

Despite fears that Irish developer Tiger would mothball the four-acre former goods yard at Morrison Street, it yesterday insisted it was "fully committed" to pursuing plans for the area.