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'A lumpy, ugly eyesore' - new Haymarket design

posted 5 Oct 2010, 13:55 by David Rintoul   [ updated 22 Nov 2011, 08:07 by TollcrossOnline Admin ]

Heritage groups have vowed to fight new plans for a notorious gap site on the outskirts of Edinburgh's world heritage site. Developers have been told to return to the drawing board over a scheme that critics claim will create a new eyesore next to the capital's Haymarket railway station.

Tiger Developments is planning a development of mainly offices and shops on the site of a former railway goods yard after being forced to scrap plans for a 17-storey five-star hotel which was thrown out in the wake of a public inquiry.

But heritage groups are warning that the new development, which will be up to eight storeys high, will still ruin a host of views to and from the area and will be an eyesore thanks to its "lumpy" design and "ugly" buildings, which will tower over existing properties.