Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Odeon plan approved

The Planning Committee earlier today approved the development proposals submitted by Duddingston House Properties for the Odeon Cinema in Clerk Street.  The decision was approved on a majority vote.  It remains to be seen in the current property market and with the parlous state of the economy whether the development goes ahead.  The unoccupied property has become a blight on the Clerk Street area.  There were objections from many who felt the B listed cinema should have been completely retained, and concerns were also expressed that alternative schemes to bring viability to the premises had not been given sufficient opportunity to succeed.   These are significant considerations but the Planning Committee considered the proposals met listed building consent restrictions and that approval of the innovative scheme was merited.

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