Boutique bid to save Scottish landmark

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A 32-bedroom boutique hotel complete with a restaurant, bar and banqueting facilities is under proposal as part of the bid to resurrect a landmark city hall in Scotland.

The bid is being fronted by The Seventy Group, which originally submitted applications for planning permission to build a luxurious hotel in the former Perth City Hall last February.

Perth’s Edwardian City Hall, where Margaret Thatcher gave her first public speech as prime minister, has been under the threat of demolition since 2005 when it was made redundant after a modern concert venue opened nearby.

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Council planners voted to bulldoze the hall in December 2013 to give the “Fair City” a European-style central square. Their proposed £4m plans met fierce opposition from many including Prince Charles.

Historic Scotland has now become increasingly entrenched in its opposition to the hall’s destruction.

According to news reports in Scotland this week, The Seventy Group’s plan to convert the hall into a boutique five-star hotel will be considered by Perth and Kinross Council by April.

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