JD WETHERSPOON has submitted a new application to convert an ‘awful’ disused building into a garden pub at a famous Scottish property.
Wessex Archeology have been commissioned by nineteen47 Ltd on behalf of pubs giant JD Wetherspoon plc to prepare a heritage statement for the proposed changes to 15 Duke Street and 183 Constitution Street, Leith.
Proposals include the formation of a garden pub with enclosed courtyard for the adjacent Foot of the Walk public house, 183 Constitution Street.
The site is located within the Old Leith and The Shore area of the Leith Conservation Area, and the foot of the promenade forms part of the Grade C listed building.
The site at 15 Duke Street is unnamed, comprising a late 18th to early 19th century warehouse, more recently operating as a pub.
The report says the building has been vacant for around 20 years and has been on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland for over a decade. The building is of historic and architectural interest due to its age, its associations with the historic town of Leith and its potential to be a positive part of the Duke Street landscape.
He adds: “However, the building is currently unused and in a dilapidated and deteriorated state.
“Its associated courtyard is also overgrown and neglected.
“In its current state, the site makes a negative contribution to the streetscape and historic character of the area and, as demonstrated by a recent petition to fix the site, is considered a local ‘eye-sore’.
“The proposed development provides an opportunity to repair and repurpose 15 Duke Street, which would enhance its cultural significance and ensure its long-term viable use.”
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