Let There Be Light campaign

By March 2017 this group also constituted as SAVE Edinburgh Central Library, a flat-level voluntary group set up initially to fundraise for a court case seeking to overturn a consented planning application, India Buildings 15/04445/FUL, see https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-edinburgh-central-library

Sadly, Edinburgh’s Court of Session did not find in our favour, a determination published in October 2017 following the legal proceedings that took place in June 2017. (Similarly, a subsequent appeal undertaken autonomously by the petitioner and heard in the Court of Session in January 2018 was also unsuccessful.)

Since then Let There Be Light campaigners focussed on what else could be done to save the setting and future of Central Library for generations to come, which consist of either further legal action or, putting pressure on City of Edinburgh Council to revoke planning consent for India Buildings.

Pursuing the latter, i.e. persuading City of Edinburgh Council to invoke section 65, Town & Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, makes complete sense when there are at least twelve material planning grounds on which the Council could revoke its consent to India Buildings, see https://saveedinburghcentrallibrary.org/?page_id=32&preview_id=32&preview_nonce=4cf1049c12&preview=true

Failing that, i.e. the Council taking positive action to rectify a planning decision that is universally accepted as utterly flawed; would never have been approved under the current administration; etc, the Secretary of State for Scotland, also has the power to revoke the consented India Buildings hotel edvelopment by invoking section 68 of the same legislation.

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