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Edinburgh public ‘back Old Royal High hotel plan’

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Edinburgh public ‘back Old Royal High hotel plan’

Controversial plans to transform the old Royal High School into a top hotel have “overwhelming” support from the public, according to the largest polling exercise of its kind ever carried out in Scotland.

The comprehensive survey found that, of the almost 5000 residents quizzed city-wide, more than 90 per cent back the scheme to redevelop the Calton Hill site.

The findings come despite more than 2000 objections being lodged with the city council amid fears the design could jeopardise the Capital’s Unesco World Heritage Site status.

Heritage campaigners have fiercely opposed the plans, as have prominent politicians such as Marco Biagi MSP and Deidre Brock MP, who previously vowed to fight the scheme.

The survey found that seven per cent of those consulted were not supportive of the hotel plans but the overwhelming majority of city residents were keen to see the £75 million proposals go ahead.

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