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Haymarket hotel proposal approved

Haymarket plans
An artist's impression of the 17-storey hotel

A 200m development at Haymarket in Edinburgh has been approved by the city council.

It will see a new 17-storey leaf-shaped hotel built on a gap site next to Haymarket railway station, as well as offices, restaurants and shops.

The landmark development includes the 5-star-hotel plus a three-star six-storey Travelodge on Morrison Street.

Developer Tiger Developments said work was due to begin later this year.

Jim Lowrie, Edinburgh City Council's convenor of the planning committee, said: "The committee was minded to approve the application put forward for this high quality development.

"Redevelopment of this site will create the opportunity to introduce a variety of a new uses into the area, such as leisure, business and commercial facilities which will bring positive benefits to the city's economy."

Tom Buchanan, Edinburgh City council's economic development convenor, said: "The Haymarket development is a significant regeneration project for Edinburgh.

"The site occupies a location of strategic importance, and is a key gateway into the city centre.

"This development will breathe new life into an area that is in much need of redevelopment, and will enable it to play a major role in the future economic and social life of the city."

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