Botanic garden development raises local concerns

Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is to build new polytunnels and glasshouses for its nursery but locals have complained that the new buildings will lead to light, noise and air pollution.
The development is planned for an annex of the Botanic Gardens. Local residents are now appealing to Edinburgh City Council for the plans to be reconsidered.

A Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh representative said: "The works do not amount to industrialisation. As the site is not open to the public, there is no loss of publicly accessible open space.

"Our plans are appropriate to the function of the site, with the application requesting additional polytunnels and one glasshouse for growing new plants, with a small staff building and a vehicle shed."

She said: "After extensive consultation with these neighbours, we reduced building heights, reduced the number of buildings proposed, and we have committed to using sympathetic materials."

The gardens recently won the Scottish Thistle Awards best visitor attraction and the best nature based experience.

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