A hotel in Edinburgh has been given consent to build an outdoor seating area, despite strong opposition from a nearby rival.
The Rutland first submitted plans for a timber canopy enclosure outside its Huxley Bar, but it was met with criticism from competitor hotel, Caledonian, which voiced concerns that it could block access to the landmark building.
The owners at the Rutland were then forced to go back to the drawing board and came up with four-metre high canvas parasols at the busy junction of Princes Street, Lothian Road and Rutland Street.
The council has now given the plans the go ahead for the ‘jumbrellas’, which will accommodate nearly 60 diners in the open air seating area.
Speaking to Edinburgh News, Rutland general manager, Murray Ward said: “We are delighted that the council has approved this relatively simple planning application and our customers can sit and enjoy great food and drinks with some of the best views in town.
“We will endeavour to defeat Scotland’s weather and provide dry and warm surroundings long into autumn with a respectful nod to the tremendous work undertaken to transform George Street [with outdoor seating].”
Murray also insisted that despite objections from the hotel’s neighbours, it had not created a ‘turf war’ between the two establishments.