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Community / Plans in for first stage of Staney Hill housing development

What phase one could bring. Image: PJP Architects

A MILESTONE has been reached for new housing at Staney Hill in Lerwick after plans were submitted for over 120 homes.

Planning permission is being sought for 124 new houses/flats, as well as a spine road including infrastructure and green corridor space.

It would be the first phase of the major housing development at Staney Hill, which could see up to 350 properties built in phases.

They will be affordable homes built for Hjaltland Housing Association.

Among the plans submitted by PJP Architects to Shetland Islands Council are 61 one-bedroom flats.

There are also 57 two-bedroom houses and six four-bedroom homes planned.

The houses are a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terrace and are two-storey in height.

The first phase of housing – called the Terrace – would be located behind the Anderson High School halls of residence on a site owned by Hjaltland Housing Association.

A public consultation on the proposals was held earlier this year but PJP said none of the feedback led to changes in design.

As part of the consultation a representative from the Anderson High School halls of residence said there were concerns the properties will look into some of the bedrooms in the hostel.

PJP Architects said in response that the distances between the proposed houses and the hostel are “over the minimum distance usually considered acceptable for overlooking in town locations between dwelling houses, which was 18m”.

Initial plans for an office on the site, meanwhile, were dropped partly due to Covid-19 and the uncertainty over office working in the future.

Construction works on the Terrace would be carried out in three phases, with each stage potentially lasting 24 months.

There is a hope to start the first phase in 2021 – with the Terrace completed by 2026.

The architects expect that blasting will be needed to excavate the rock on the hillside.