Following on from Morningside Community Council’s strong resolution on Craighouse which you can read here, we are delighted to announce that the Chair of Merchiston Community Council – which we would like to thank for their support of the Friends – has issued the following statement in defence of Craighouse:
‘We are very concerned about development at the former Craighouse campus in contravention of the Local Plan and other planning constraints on the rather woolly and ill-defined grounds of ‘enabling development’. This seems to us an unstable principle which drives coach and horses through planning law, and if allowed will lead to the unravelling of any kind of legal protection for heritage sites. What is being proposed is excessive and will destroy the setting and appearance of a local landmark. It will be visible from all points in the city because of its high elevation in the landscape.’
Mairianna Clyde, Chair of Merchiston Community Council
We would like to extend our thanks towards Mairianna who has been tirelessly researching this issue, listening to the community and attending the Community Liaison Forum meetings before issuing this important statement.