Protecting the Skyline for Edinburgh Property Owners
16 Apr 2018
The historic beauty of Edinburgh is being protected for the future thanks to a new deal that has been agreed. The move means that buying or renting a home in Edinburgh now will pave the way for many years of enjoyment of Edinburgh’s stunning historic skyline and an appreciation of curbs to cut commercialisation in public spaces within the centre.
The moves also aim to prevent issues with overcrowding during the peak tourism periods when people from around the world want to enjoy our city alongside its permanent residents.
The new blueprint is aimed at safeguarding the city’s status as a World Heritage Site by addressing issues of concern to some residents of the city, such as the number of tourism shops sites on Edinburgh’s key thoroughfares like the Royal Mile and to protect the Old Town for all people by looking at the number of properties which are let out as holiday rentals.
The agreement comes because of talks between the heritage agency of the Scottish Government, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, which is the primary watchdog for both the New and Old Towns in the city and Edinburgh City Council, and a commitment to acting on some long-running concerns relating to the stewardship of our city’s historic heart.
It is believed that the management plan for the next five years will prevent Edinburgh from being placed on a World Heritage ‘danger list’ and is expected to help influence a range of city council policies between now and 2022.
Key concerns about Edinburgh’s historic landscape
Adam McVey, the leader of Edinburgh City Council, said that the blueprint addressed ‘key concerns’ of taxpayers which have been raised in recent years and aimed to ensure that the historic landscape of the city was enhanced rather than being put at risk over the next half a decade
Future investors in the city will be called on to adhere to the new guidelines in a bid to prevent unsympathetic development affecting the skyline and to protect what is a unique visible landscape for future enjoyment.
High standards of architecture will be required in future to prevent a conflict with the historic architecture of both the New and Old Towns, and it is expected that the city council will insist on new ‘place briefs’ being drawn up for vacant sites. These must then be ‘rigidly’ stuck to by developers if they want planning applications to be bought forward.
The document aims at balancing the requirement for the city to enjoy an ‘economic vibrancy’ whilst still protecting its heritage. The key to this will be ensuring that developments in the future take ‘appropriate account’ of Edinburgh’s ‘unique qualities’.
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