Published: 31st Jan 2019

Plans to demolish and redevelop a sandstone row of buildings on Edinburgh’s Leith Walk was rejected last night by city councillors. Last year Drum Property group submitted plans to create an ‘innovative’ postgraduate student accommodation with 500 beds, as well as building a hotel, new retail spaces and some housing. It provoked a fierce reaction from the local community, with the ‘Save Leith Walk’ campaign gaining support from Irvine Welsh, The Proclaimers and Jeremy Corbyn. Pete Mason, part-owner of music venue Leith Depot, who are still due to be evicted from their unit on Leith Walk told New Start last year that Drum’s plans were ‘atrocious’. Drum’s plans were last week recommended for approval, with a representative from Drum saying: ‘Given there are no valid planning reasons to oppose the proposals, we are confident that the elected members will now share the view of their officers and give the green light to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)