Edinburgh New Town basement holiday let to be refused due to 'unacceptable impact'

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Plans for an Edinburgh New Town basement flat to operate as a holiday let are set to be refused by the council.

An application was submitted to convert the former office space at 5 Wemyss Place into a short term let in October 2023 by Ramz Investments Ltd. No internal alterations were proposed in the plans.

However, despite 30 signatures on a petition in support of the application, council planners have recommended to the Development Management Sub Committee that permission be denied for the change of use for the two-bedroom flat.

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They say that while the proposal does comply with the listed buildings and conservation areas act, it will result in an "unacceptable impact to neighbouring amenity" and as such it does not comply with the local development plan.

The property is a former basement office space located on the western side of the street. It has its own access to the street via an uncovered basement area to the front and has access to a private outdoor area to the rear.

The building above the property is accessed via a separate door and has its ground floor in use as an office, and upper floors in use as flatted dwellings. Wemyss Place is of mixed character, featuring a number of commercial units as well as residential properties.

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The agenda ahead of Wednesday's committee meeting states that the application has attracted a lot of attention with a petition in support gathering 30 signatures.

However, confirming their decision to recommend the application is refused, planners wrote: "The proposal complies with sections 64 and 59 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 as it will preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the conservation area and does not harm the character of the listed building, its setting, or the setting of neighbouring listed buildings.

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"Whilst the proposal will not result in a loss of residential accommodation and is acceptable with regard to heritage and transport matters, the change of use to short term let (STL) will result in an unacceptable impact to neighbouring amenity.

"As such the proposal does not comply with LDP policy Hou 7 and NPF4 Policy 30(e)(i). The application therefore is not in accordance with the development plan. There are no material considerations that outweigh this conclusion. The proposal is not acceptable."

A final decision is expected when the application is brought before the committee on Wednesday, June 12.