Indoor football pitches set to be demolished for student flats

Edinburgh's World of Football would be bulldozed under the plans to build student flats.

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Edinburgh’s World of Football and bowling alley are set to be bulldozed to make way for more student accommodation.

London-based developers Watkin Jones has applied to Edinburgh City Council for permission to demolish the site behind the Corn Exchange.

The site, just off New Market Road, is currently home to World of Football and World of Bowling.

Final designs are yet to be released, and the developers are expected to hold a public, online consultation event next month.

Local councillor Gavin Corbett, from the Green Party, said: “This is very early days for what would be a huge development if it went ahead.

“I know there will be some dismay at the loss of easily accessible football, bowling and other leisure facilities here in south-west Edinburgh and I hope the community consultation next month will explain what lies behind that proposal and how to address that loss.”

Story by local democracy reporter Joseph Anderson.