Planners have again rejected attempts by the owners of 222 Easter Road to convert the disused shop into flats.
It’s the seventh time a planning application has been made to convert the L-shaped premises that has lain empty for at least seven years, despite concerted attempts by owner Mr Graham of Duddingston Park to sell or rent it for office or retail use.
The main barrier that seems to prevent the conversion to residential use is that it’s apparently almost impossible to do it in a way that meets planning guidance on daylight and floorspace – because most of the property is underground.
The latest rejection letter from planners says:
“The basement flat provides only ‘single aspect’ living accommodation with inadequate floor space and average daylight factor within those habitable rooms, and the ground floor flat provides living accommodation with inadequate floor space; resulting in an inadequate level of residential accommodation to the detriment of the residential amenities of future occupants of those properties.”
“The proposal would result in a replacement shop frontage of an inappropriate form and size of glazing, that would appear heavy and cumbersome, extending down almost the pavement level, resulting in an inappropriate form of replacement shop front to the detriment of, and out of character with, the neighbouring properties and this part of the street scene.”
The city officials didn’t mention that the architects firm used by Mr Graham wrote the entire supporting statement for the latest planning application in Comic Sans.
Therefore, it would of course be pure speculation to suggest that the use of the controversial font in this way had anything whatsoever to do with the rejection of this particular application.