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St Clement's Hall. Photo © Google 2022

A PROPOSAL to turn a former church building in Lerwick which was damaged in a fire in 2014 into four two-storey flats has received planning permission.

The C-listed St Clement’s Hall, which overlooks the King George V play park, has fallen into a state of disrepair.

But a planning application was submitted to Shetland Islands Council earlier this year for converting the building into four dwelling units.

In reaching its decision the planning service said the “proposed renovation and repairs works to this derelict category C listed building and subsequent adaptation to bring it into a functional residential use within the heart of a predominantly residential area is welcomed”.

A NEW observation building has been proposed at the Fair Isle airstrip.

It would be used to provide staff with a small office with a viewing window to watch or monitor incoming flights.

A submission to the planning service said the building’s larch cladding would be “sympathetic to the surrounding landscape”.

PLANNING permission has also been granted for the building of three Polycrubs for Shetland Amenity Trust’s woodland team in Lerwick.

They would be located in the Staney Hill Industrial Estate.

The Polycrubs would support the expansion of the existing horticultural activities on site, and they would primarily be used for growing saplings for amenity and conservation purposes.

PLANS for a camping pod on land at Lunna Farm have also received consent.

The applicant had also requested to change the use of a parcel of land that is currently used for agricultural grazing purposes for the pod installation.

The plan is to offer the camping pod for short-term stays.