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Archers' plans for Meadows site off target

posted 30 Mar 2009, 08:40 by David Rintoul   [ updated 1 Nov 2009, 14:16 ]

Objectors have got the Royal Company of Archers in their sights over plans to knock down the home of Edinburgh's oldest bowling club to make way for an exclusive student development.

More than 100 objections have been lodged against the plans by the RCA to develop a new archery range and student housing on the site in the Meadows. The plans have been recommended for approval by council officials.

But objectors have hit out at the plans, which also involve the demolition of a historic lodge house, saying they will damage the character of the Meadows and ruin the setting of the B-listed Archers' Hall.

Heritage watchdog the Cockburn Association said it was "unnecessary and inappropriate".