Apartment building in Edinburgh to be converted into holiday apartments and café

A rental property in Edinburgh is to be turned into holiday apartments with a community cafe.

The council recently approved the plan to convert the building at the intersection of Regent Road, Abbey Mount and Montrose Terrace into 11 short-term rental studios.

The property is located at 2-4 Abbey Mount in the Abbeyhill district of Edinburgh, east of the city center and the site includes the ground floor of the existing building and the full height of the rear hall.

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The C-rated property was built in 1887 and in the immediate vicinity is a mix of terraced buildings, Georgian townhouses, stables, settlements and modern apartments.

On the planning statement, the Seven Hills Investments developers detail their plans for the apartments when completed.

They say: “The scale of accommodation offered, 11 studios, has been chosen to appeal to mature visitors, single travelers and couples who want a central location close to Edinburgh’s tourist attractions.”

In 2016, a building permit and a building permit were granted for the conversion of the site into 11 residential studios and a café. Although this development was initiated on site, it has not been completed. The current proposal follows a similar physical layout with minor modifications to the windows and the omission of a replacement vestibule connected to the building.

Edinburgh City Council cleared developers Seven Hills Investment Ltd for the proposal on August 11.

Environmental protection did not raise any objections to the proposals on planning requests.

An archaeologist from Edinburgh City Council said a previous assessment had already made this fit-for-purpose project successful.

They said: “The listed building and the adjoining former unlisted Victorian parish hall are considered to be of local archaeological and historical significance.

“As such, a survey program for historic archaeological buildings was undertaken by AOC Archéologie in 2020 in response to a condition attached to the previous authorization (see 19/03185 / LBC). An AOC report accompanied this request.

“In view of this previous work and after evaluating the potential impacts of this new revised scheme, it was concluded that there are no archaeological implications, with regard to these new (revised) applications. “

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