Protection needed for Royal Victoria site, say Greens

A landmark site in the heart of the city should continue to be protected for future generations, thanks to a Green motion passed by Planning Committee last week.

NHS Lothian has decided to sell the Royal Victoria Hospital, next to the Western General, but Green councillor Nigel Bagshaw, raised concerns about ensuring that the site’s amenity was not lost locally, particular in preserving mature trees and the character of some of the buildings.

Cllr Bagshaw, Green councillor for Inverleith said:

“The Royal Victoria, like many of our older hospital sites, is a much-loved place for local people to walk and to enjoy the green space. I wanted to make sure that future generations continued to enjoy the setting even if the future use is changed.

“That is why I am delighted the planning committee unanimously backed my motion today.”

The motion commits the Council to working with NHS Lothian to develop a design brief for the site when it is closed by the end of 2012, covering, among other things, retention of mature trees and access.