PLANS for a 16-storey hotel in Edinburgh have come under threat from environmental groups claiming the building will ruin the city`s skyline.
The Edinburgh World Heritage Trust have blasted the plans for the Haymarket hotel, warning that the city`s classic views would be ruined by the multi-million pound development.
In a submission to the city council, it has demanded that plans for the scheme are scaled back to prevent the hotel impacting on views across the Unesco-designated area.
A five-star leaf-shaped hotel is at the centre of Tiger Developments` £200 million plans, which will fill a gap site near Haymarket Station.
In its submission to the city council, Edinburgh World Heritage said: "It is a fact that Edinburgh`s historic skyline is dominated by church spires and narrow, sometimes broken, unoccupied structures.
"The building will over-shadow the existing buildings and townscape, and unfortunately we do not believe that this building will make a positive contribution to the World Heritage Site."
However, the Government`s heritage watchdog Historic Scotland has previously stated it has no "significant adverse comments" about the redevelopment on Morrison Street.