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Buildings capped after hotel plans thrown out

posted 3 Aug 2010, 06:01 by David Rintoul   [ updated 3 Aug 2010, 06:18 ]

A new cap has been put on the height of buildings in the Haymarket area, after the Scottish Government threw out plans for a 17-storey hotel.

City planning chiefs appointed a team of architects to draw up a new blueprint for the height of buildings in the area after its decision to approve Irish developer Tiger's plans was overturned following the public inquiry.

The city council is now to adopt the new guidance, which states that only buildings up to 92 metres above sea level will be permitted.

Another 10m will be allowed for an "additional small-scale rooftop feature" but the whole building will not be allowed to exceed 102m in height - about the size of St Mary's Cathedral excluding the spire.