The site of the Cowgate fire in Edinburgh is to be redeveloped at a cost of £20m. The site will include a new hotel, a nightclub, a music venue, shops, restaurants, offices and homes as well as a new Sheriff Court building. Whiteburn Projects, the developer, is to buy out eight existing site owners for around £4m. A formal planning application will be lodged by next summer, with work starting the following year. The Times 17/12/05 page 24