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Council / Planning round-up 11 August

Initial work has seen some wooden huts taken down. This photo was taken in July. Photo: Scott Goudie

ALL of the planning conditions for phase two of the demolition of the former Anderson High School in Lerwick have now been discharged – paving the way for the main work to start.

Conditions from the planning service meant that a number of plans on topics such as traffic and waste management needed to be approved before the main demolition work got underway, including transporting materials offsite.

Many of the former school buildings will be taken down to make way for future housing as part of Shetland Islands Council’s Knab redevelopment. Contractor Central Demolition is already on site and has been undertaking preparatory work.

PLANNING consent has been granted for the creation of flats within the upper floors of Harry’s Department Store in Lerwick.

The proposal is to create three two-bedroom flats within shop and store spaces, with the accommodation intended for medium to long-term rent.

A planning statement said: “Overall the shop floor area will be reduced by 190 m2 (this area including some existing ancillary uses such as toilets and circulation) but the applicant feels that they can comfortably adapt their remaining floor space to continue to provide the same range of products and services.”

CHANGE of use consent has also been granted for turning land in Scousburgh into a glamping site.

The proposal is for four glamping pods.

THE FATE of a historic listed building in Yell which could be demolished over safety fears will be discussed by councillors next week.

The possible demolition of the C-listed Linkshouse will be discussed by members of Shetland Islands Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

Elected members are being recommended to refuse the application to demolish the building, with officers saying: “It has not been clearly demonstrated that every effort has been made to retain the listed building and there is a presumption in favour of preservation of the historic environment.”

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A PEATLAND restoration scheme is being proposed for a 63 hectare site at Gremista Farm in Lerwick.

Planning documents say the scheme aims to return the blanket bog to a near natural condition, “primarily using Peatland Action approved methods, chiefly ditch blocking”.

CHANGE of use planning has been requested for turning a ground floor residential space into a make-up and beauty studio.

The property in question is House Of Hope on Lerwick’s Mounthooly Street.

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