A plan for a pizzeria between Brae and Voe was officially refused by the council’s planning department yesterday, but businessman Henry MacColl, whose dream it was, has vowed to fight on.
Mr MacColl, who is half Italian, wanted to build a single-storey detached restaurant, seating 24, beside his home at Parkgate, one and a half miles from Voe.
The application also included ancillary supporting accommodation and customer car parking.
But the planning department refused the application because the pizzeria was not located within or adjacent to an “existing settlement”.
Also, “no justification had been put forward by the application in terms of the locational requirement for the proposed site”, the department believed. It therefore contravened the local development plan.
Planners also objected to the fact that the restaurant would have to be accessed by vehicle, contributing to climate change.
Mr MacColl, 51, will now have to wait until the New Year to appeal. He has had overwhelming support on Facebook and has now started a petition to get his restaurant up and running.