Council outlines ‘placemaking’ plans

A six-week consultation has been launched by Shetland Islands Council to find out what the community thinks of its new local planning guidance document known as “placemaking”.

Council planning official Jonny Wiseman said placemaking was an approach which aimed to provide pointers to local development.

Placemaking consultation logoHe said: “Placemaking is aimed at architects, planning agents and also the self-build market. The Scottish government has identified six key design principles of a ‘successful place’ – distinctive, safe and pleasant, easy to move around, welcoming, adaptable, and resource efficient. The guidance has been put together to help ensure that any proposed new developments will meet these criteria.

“Shetland is a distinctive place and we should nurture that. We want new development to reflect that, and not to detract from it. We need to consider not just the buildings themselves, but the spaces between them: the green spaces, the roads and the paths”.

The draft guidance aims to ensure high-quality design and thoughtful layout for all new developments in Shetland, creating attractive places that are in harmony with their surroundings.

The consultation document, entitled Placemaking, brings together national planning policy and guidance in a Shetland context. The final document will form supplementary guidance to the Shetland Local Development Plan 2014, setting out the policies and criteria against which any planning applications will be considered.

Chairman of the council’s development committee, councillor Alastair Cooper, said: “It’s not always obvious how things come together to make a great place but this placemaking guide shows how this can be done. Well designed places obviously improve how we interact with our surroundings and improve our quality of life. I’d urge anyone with a view on the design of the built environment in Shetland to respond to this consultation.”

The consultation documents are available online at or at the Council offices at 8 North Ness, Lerwick and Shetland Library. Anyone with comments should respond by 22nd March.


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  • Michael Garriock

    • February 9th, 2016 18:45

    Strangely enough, Shetland as elsewhere created settlements that were very ‘successful places’ long before governments, planners or architects and their ltest ‘buzz words’ were heard of. Conversely, Shetland as elsewhere has had its share of very ‘unsuccessful places’ and hideous carbuncles created by governments, planners and architects.

    More waffle, more boxes to tick, more rain forests and ink wasted writing about it all, and a few more rounds of self-congrtulatory back slapping. While business continues as normal building cramped little isolated cookie cutter boxes surrounded by seas of concrete and tarmac, and conning people in to believing they’re “houses” in a “community”.

  • john ridland

    • February 10th, 2016 21:30

    Here we go AGAIN , More red tape an bull sh**e………


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