Community / Lanes masterplan consultation events to take place in coming months

Lerwick's Hill Lane. Photo: SIC

A SERIES of public consultation exercises are due to take place in the coming months on the Lerwick Lanes masterplan project.

It comes as Edinburgh-based 7N Architects has been awarded the contract for the masterplan.

The company has recent history in Shetland, having undertaken work on the Knab redevelopment masterplan.

The lanes masterplan, which has divided opinion amongst councillors, will look at all options available for the possible future development of the area between Hill Lane and Park Lane.

The council, which is leading the project, said the options need to be “sympathetic to the established character of the area”, and provide innovative solutions to meet the needs of the community.

Details of the public consultation events will be announced soon, with a hope to complete work by the end March and then to report to council soon after.

Shetland Islands Council’s development director Neil Grant said: “Securing the services of 7N Architects is a major step forward for this project – they have already demonstrated that they understand the local environment, and have a professional and highly qualified team.


“I look forward to the detail of their work that will help us to build up a picture of what the Lerwick Lanes area could look like in the future.”

Shetland Central councillor Moraig Lyall had led calls for the masterplan process to be scaled back to only include replacing the SIC housing in the area.

However, she was outvoted in the council chamber.

The project has drawn particular concern from some in the community over the future of the old swimming pool car park. However, the masterplan process will only offer up ideas and no decisions have yet been made.

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