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Historic Edinburgh hotel to be redeveloped

Computer generated image of the Barnton Hotel development
Image caption The Barnton Hotel will be converted into apartments, with adjacent land being used to build extra care accommodation

A historic hotel building in Edinburgh is set to be saved after plans to redevelop the site were approved by the city council.

The Barnton Hotel is to be converted into nine residential apartments.

The hotel, which was built in 1895, fell into disrepair after closing in 2004.

Developers McCarthy and Stone Lifestyles Ltd will also use adjacent land to build 73 homes for older people with additional care and support needs.

A total of £15m will be invested in the projects.

The Barnton Hotel, listed by Historic Scotland as a Category C building, has featured on the Scottish Civic Trust's Buildings at Risk Register.

Image caption The Barnton Hotel was built in 1895 but fell into disrepair a number of years ago

Previous proposals to redevelop the hotel and adjacent site were unsuccessful for planning or economic reasons.

McCarthy and Stone Lifestyles managing director Steve Wiseman said: "This has been a major planning project and we're grateful to the local community who have supported and assisted us in the development of our proposal.

"The Barnton Hotel holds a special place in the hearts of many people and we are keen to ensure it is sensitively refurbished while rejuvenating the site and enhancing the surrounding area."

The company said early pre-works would start "as a priority" to preserve the building.

Development of the extra care accommodation is expected to start in autumn 2013, with completion slated for late 2014.

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