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Barnton Hotel

Proposed Redevelopment

There are plans to redevelop the Barnton Hotel (which closed in 2004) and the site of the former petrol station site beside, it to create 70 modern flats.

The Barnton Hotel is a listed building, built in 1895s.  It is one of the oldest buildings in Barnton, situated on the main road from Edinburgh to the North, about mid-way between the Centre of Edinburgh and the Forth Road Bridge. 

Barnton Railway station (which closed in 1951) used to be situated next to Barnton Hotel.

A 10m development scheme is proposed by house builders, Bishop Loch, who plan to retain the listed parts of the hotel, including its tower.

Work is expected to begin in 2005 if the proposal receives detailed planning permission.  An earlier proposal to convert the Hotel into flats met with local opposition

[Most of the details above are taken from Edinburgh Evening News  2 February 2005, p. 19]


Cramond Community Council has sent out 1500 leaflets urging householders to object to developers' amended plans to convert the Barnton Hotel into 77 flats.

Objectors claim that:

-   a four-storey building is inappropriately high

 provision for parking is inadequate

-   traffic congestion is likely to result from the development.

- developers' plans to meet the requirement for "20% useable green space" by putting grass on the carport roofs was not in keeping with the spirit of the guidelines.

Plans for this development are expected to be considered by the council in mid/late-January 2006.

Edinburgh Evening News, December 31, 2005, p.7

Development Approved

Despite several earlier rejections by Edinburgh City Council Planning Committee and continuing objections to the proposals, particularly concerning the density of the development, lack of green space and possible traffic congestion problems, the Planning Committee today (June 28, 2006) approved the proposed development.

Talk 107 Radio News, June 28, 200

'Hotel For Sale' again

The Barnton Hotel site has again been put on the market  -  this time with planning permission to build a block of 77 flats. The price is 6.8m.

The site has already changed hands three times in the past five years.

There are still many people in the area who regret the decision to convert this 110-year old grade-C listed hotel into flats.

Edinburgh Evening News: November 16, 2006,  p.22


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