Article in the Evening News

From the Scotsman site, near-fullpage article in the Evening News today :

Campaign hits out at housing for Craighouse

 HUNDREDS of people have joined a campaign against plans to redevelop a historic city beauty spot, saying it would be like “sticking a supermarket on the Castle Esplanade”.

Edinburgh Napier University’s Craighouse campus in Morningside was sold to the Craighouse Partnership earlier this year in a deal that could see up to 200 homes built on the site.

Campaigners fear the “excessive” development will destroy the grounds and threaten public access to the site, which is located on one of Edinburgh’s seven hills. The Friends of Craighouse Grounds and Wood campaign group has been formed in direct response to the £300 million project run by a consortium, which includes Sundial Properties, Mountgrange Real Estate Opportunity Fund and the university itself.

Rosy Barnes, a founder member of the group, said: “Everyone wants the buildings to be used and to have a good future.

“The question is whether the site should be spoiled for that and we don’t believe it needs to be, because the landscape is as important as the buildings.

“It’s like refurbishing Edinburgh Castle and sticking a supermarket on the Esplanade.

“We want to preserve the green space so want to minimise new buildings on the site.

“This is a heavily protected green space and I don’t see that this is the kind of area where there should be substantial new build developments. An ideal outcome would be to preserve the buildings and preserve the landscape.”

Ms Barnes added that she has been impressed by the level of support shown by the community….(continued)

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