EDINBURGH Council has approved plans filed in October last year by Leith Walk Developments for a £15 million new hotel.
The plans have been approved despite issues over the proposed 175 room site in Haddington Place’s green credentials.
Initially, developers were told to go back to plans to find ways of reducing the carbon footprint, and increasing its renewable energy, according to reports in the Scotsman.
A rethink of the plans, and a pledge for extra solar panels have increased the schemes score according to the city’s sustainable buildings policy, but it still fell short of the required 80 point score.
Officials decided though, that the score was the highest it could be for that particular site, and the hotel will go ahead.
It is proving a little unpopular with some of the cities residents, and councillor Steve Burgess has registered his unhappiness saying in the Scotsman: "It is welcome that they have gone some way to improving their use of renewable energy, but I am uncomfortable with the idea that we can approve this when it has failed to meet the threshold score for renewable energy".