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UNST could be set to enjoy a tourism boost after a new waterfront caravan and camping site on the island was given planning permission.

Consent has been granted for a site in Baltasound at the old RAF bulk fuel installation area which could feature up to 11 caravan pitches.

Jack Barclay, from Unst, is behind the plans and he said the aim is to open for the 2020 season – although building warrants still have to be obtained.

The site would also feature an amenity building with toilets and a kitchen/lounge area.

Shetland Islands Council’s planning service said in its decision notice that the proposal will “contribute to the local economy and promote local tourism, and the natural and built environment will be enhanced and not adversely affected”.

“It is considered that the proposed development will have no adverse impact upon the amenity of neighbouring properties. The proposal is acceptable in terms of its location, scale, design and form,” it said.

Shetland has a growing number of caravan sites and there are some pitches integrated into the Gardiesfauld Hostel at Uyeasound in Unst.

Other nearby sites include one at Burravoe in Yell, while there are also plans for a facility in Fetlar.