Developers fight on to make famed Edinburgh neoclassical building into luxury hotel

Urbanist Hotels’ latest appeal against its rejected plans for Old Royal High School reopens battle with group wanting site for St Mary’s Music School

A battle over one of Edinburgh’s most famous neoclassical buildings, the Old Royal High School, has intensified after a hotel consortium stepped up its bid to build a luxury hotel on the site.

The consortium has filed an appeal after councillors unanimously rejected its revised plans to build a smaller “six star” hotel around the A-listed neoclassical building for about £75m.

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