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An artist's view of phase 1 of the Staney Hill housing project. Image: PJP Architects

PEOPLE are being invited to have their say on outline plans for the first stage of a major housing development at Staney Hill in Lerwick.

A public consultation is now open for 120 new affordable houses/flats and infrastructure, including a spine road and green corridor amenity space, uphill from the Anderson High School halls of residence.

People can make comments to applicant Hjaltland Housing Association by letter, email or via a submission form online.

Image: PJP Architects

However, a public meeting due to be held in Lerwick has been replaced by a virtual web-based consultation session as a result of social distancing measures.

The live event will take place between 4pm and 7pm on Monday 18 May, with people able to ask questions of the PJP Architects design team.

People can also contact PJP with questions at any time up until the end of the consultation period.

It will not be the first virtual consultation event held for a local development, with virtual pre-planning application engagement events for the Shetland Space Centre in Unst taking place this week.

PJP stress that comments made during the consultation are not representations to Shetland Islands Council’s planning service, and if a resultant application to the planning authority follows then there will be the opportunity to make representation.

The Staney Hill development, which already has a masterplan in place, will see homes built for Hjaltland Housing Association.

The association envisages that up to 350 properties, which would be largely rental accommodation, could be built in phases over 10-15 years.

Hjaltland Housing Association bought the site at North Staney Hill in 2015 for the purpose of providing new affordable homes in order to meet the high level of housing demand in Lerwick.

More information on contributing to the consultation can be found online.