A developer has won planning permission to transform a row of Edinburgh townhouses into a hotel.
The properties at numbers 1-5 Baxter’s Close date from 1798 and will become home to a 239-bed, four-star hotel in the latest project by The Chris Stewart Group which has specialist experience working in sensitive city centre sites.
Giving the go-ahead for the latest scheme, the council said the redevelopment will enhance the character and appearance of the New Town conservation area and the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
Chris Stewart, CEO at the development and investment company, said: “We can now press ahead with the work scheduled to renovate this prime site and attract further investment into the capital.”
Talks are being held with potential operators interested in taking over the hotel.
The council also backed an application for a change of use at a second CSG development project, at Hamilton Place, where six luxury flats will be created and a former theatre brought back into use as a restaurant or retail space.
The Edinburgh developer has a portfolio worth around £100m covering residential, office and hotel and leisure property. Between 2006 and 2008 it bought and developed council offices on Waterloo Place that now house Apex and Travelodge Hotels.
Current developments include the £45m regeneration of Advocate’s Close.
Image – The project centres on a row of townhouses.