Developer unhappy at council snub

A FIRM specialising in upmarket restaurants and hotels has criticised city planners for axing a development in north Edinburgh.

Chris Stewart Group intended to transform the defunct Theatre Workshop in Stockbridge into a 120-cover eaterie.

However, as the Evening News reported last week, councillors went against officials’ recommendations and sided with campaigners keen to see the building kept for community use.

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The North Castle Street firm, which is behind the Motel One on Market Street and the Baxter’s Place hotel adjacent to the Playhouse, said: “This decision is significant because it has created a deep lack of confidence working with the planning committee to create economic opportunity for the city.

“In refusing a sound proposal bringing economic development and jobs, the planning committee appear to have caved in to a handful of residents with their own agenda.”

The firm may appeal.

On Friday, deputy planning leader Sandy Howat said the building was too important to the community to be lost.