Planning applications for change of use at the Cluny Centre have been made to allow it to be used as a conference and wedding venue, in addition to a nursery. The change is to add Class 11 for assembly and leisure uses.
The applicant has indicated that the maximum number of attendees for weddings and conferences could be around 220 people, although a typical wedding may have around 125.
Some of the possible concerns are:
- Additional traffic, and related noise, in and around the vicinity of the building during arrivals and departures of guests, staff and deliveries, particularly in the evening and late at night up to 1.00 am, for up to seven days per week;
- Potential noise from inside the building too, mitigated by additional sound insulation to windows;
- Additional demand for parking, which is already difficult and may become worse at unrestricted times.
As the plans include two bars, an alcohol licence application would likely follow the granting of permission for change of use.
Comments can be made via the Council's online Planning portal (under references 17/05806/FUL and 18/00605/LBC) and must be submitted by Friday 16 March. This can be accessed by visiting the Council’s website www.edinburgh.gov.uk and, under Planning and Building, selecting ‘Comment on a planning application’.