Public consulted on draft proposals for Staney Hill development

Click the image above to see the draft proposals for the site.

The public are being given a chance to have their say on the proposed Staney Hill development during a round of public consultation today.

Designers Redman Sutherland Architects will share completed draft proposals with attendees at the drop-in session and workshop, seeking their thoughts on the plans.

Around 300 properties could be built on the site, owned by the Hjaltland Housing Association, over the course of a decade. Some areas of the site are also likely to be available to individual house builders.

Today’s meeting follows another consultation earlier this year, which informed the early stages of design and planning.

Residents are adamant that the small tree plantation on Staney Hill should be preserved. Photo: Stephen Gordon.
Residents are adamant that the small tree plantation on Staney Hill should be preserved. Photo: Stephen Gordon.

The rocky, boggy and steep landscape at Staney Hill has created difficulties for the design team, who are proposing that “housing clusters” be concentrated in sheltered parts of the site.

Last week The Shetland Times spoke to residents who own properties adjacent to the site. Most welcomed the proposal, which will go some way towards addressing the housing shortage in Lerwick.

All of those we spoke to did, however, want a “green belt” of trees to be left alone in order to protect the scenery of the region.

As well as Redman Sutherland the design team includes Edinburgh-based urban and landscape designers Iglu Studio, Mott MacDonald who are providing engineering advice, and AB Associates of Scalloway who are helping with public consultation and planning.

After the consultation has taken place the design team will revise and refine the proposals. The final version will be published early in 2017 and will later be considered by Shetland Islands Council.

• There are two public events taking place at Staney Hill Hall today. From 1pm to 6.30pm there will be a drop-in session. This will be followed by a workshop session using the “Place Standard Tool” between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.


Add Your Comment
  • Anthony Light

    • December 12th, 2016 15:13

    Please do not build any more homes in Shetland.
    Threre’s no need for new housing,you are spoiling
    the lovely Shetland isles
    Anthony Light ( Newlyn, (Cornwall)
    Please publish

  • Roy Chamberlain

    • December 13th, 2016 22:46

    Shetland needs housing,the plan doesn’t seem to be to grow as many houses in accessible places butvhavebthe clinging to thed side of a hill and blow great lumps of rock ansdansd swamp up to create such difficult sires, why not bulldoz the old AHS site and then build then there??


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