Two empty shops and the former Sanctuary Nightclub could be converted into a series of five one bedroom flats, if a planning proposal from the Cameron Guest House group is given the green light by planners.
The plans will see the nightclub building split into three and a new doorway put into the façade of the Grade A Listed building, that was once part of the Leith Central Station. However, as the supporting statement for the plans point out: “The public house, 12-16 Duke Street, has been advertised for 36 months and no interest has been shown for commercial use of this property.”
As far the other shop units, one has lain empty since Leith Festival vacated it, and the other has not been let since the second hand shop that used to be there packed up.
The proposals have been drawn up by Covell Mathews Architects on behalf of the Cameron Guest House group. The latter firm, and the family associated with it, is well known locally as they own several other properties in the area that have sometimes proven controversial.
More recently, the Cameron guest House Group were refused planning permission by the council to convert a former office building at 57 Constitution Street into a guest house after locals objected, only to have the decision overturned by the Scottish Government on appeal.
These latest proposals from the group may prove less controversial though as they do hold out the possibility that a neglected, yet high profile, corner of Leith could be returned to active use.
You can find full details of the Duke Street proposal, and leave a comment on the plans, on the City Council Planning Portal.
Of course there may be those who will mourn the disappearance of the Sanctuary Nightclub. If you have fond memories of the place that you’d like to memorialise for posterity, feel free to add them in the comments below.