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'Canal quarter' plan for church

posted 9 Feb 2010, 12:15 by David Rintoul   [ updated 22 Nov 2011, 08:07 by TollcrossOnline Admin ]

A derelict former church would be turned into dozens of student flats and a waterside restaurant under new plans to help create a 'canal quarter' in the Capital.

The former St Kentigern's Church has been facing demolition for years but previous plans for the site have fallen through.

Now, student housing developer ELS Limited has put forward a new scheme that would save the original St Peter's Place building, which is not listed but dates back to 1897.

Under its proposals, the 100-cover restaurant would be on the ground floor of the church and would feature a glazed patio overlooking the canal, allowing for al fresco dining alongside the canal.

The second part of the plan would see 31 student flats would be on the site, divided between the first floor of the church and a large extension to the rear.