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Edinburgh Scheme Withdrawn

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Plans to demolish a building on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, replacing it with student accommodation, have been scrapped after the development was blasted by officials.

Planning officers had recommended that city councillors on the development sub-committee should refuse planning permission to Summix Ltd for their Canongate scheme.

The applicant had been looking to build 91 students flats as a mix of clusters and studios, across a six-storey building. It would have also included communal areas, laundry facilities and 50 cycle parking spaces.

According to officers, the development would not provide a suitable mix of accommodation and the demolition of the existing buildings will undermine the "unique qualities of this historic environment".

They added: "This is a poorly conceived design proposal which fails to respond to the prevailing urban character and historic grain of this part of the Old Town. It has not been demonstrated that the proposal would create or contribute towards a sense of place, with an overall design concept that draws upon the characteristics of the surrounding area."

The company has now revealed the plans have been withdrawn following the assessment from planners.