21st September 2018
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Planners urge authority to approve Shetland College extension

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Shetland College’s two parallel blocks at Gremista could be united by a new central link, if councillors give their approval at the Town Hall tomorrow.

A report before the SIC’s planning board recommends giving the green light to an ambitious college extension, which will see an end to the through road currently running between the blocks.

Instead a new reception, administration area and library will be built, which will link the existing buildings.

The current buildings will also be extended on their south west facing elevations, to provide the college with more accommodation.

New colours and materials will be incorporated to help give the college a visual lift.

Access to nearby Train Shetland will be maintained.

The report states: “The proposed design of the extensions to the existing building and the formation of the link building are considered respectable having regard to the original building and the architecture of the surrounding area.

“The design, style and use of contrasting colours and materials are considered to enhance the existing industrial appearance of the college.”

Although officials have recommended approval they have recognised the college itself may not be in the best of locations.

The report adds: “This is an application to extend an existing educational facility which is located within an established industrial area.

“While the location of such a facility may appear incongruous, the issue of the original choice of location for such premises is not under consideration in the terms of the assessment for this proposal.

“Therefore given the above circumstances, the principle of an extension of the present facilities is not considered to raise a conflict with policies contained in the current development plan.”

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About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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