New information submitted as plans for new Co-op stores develop

New information supporting controversial plans for two new Co-op supermarkets have been dispatched to Shetland Islands Council.

Seamount Property Development have submitted a planning statement, offering what is described as a “robust justification” for the stores at Sandwick and Scalloway.

A retail impact statement and an economic statement have also been submitted.

It follows a survey carried out into the proposals by the supermarket giant.

Seamount says the planning statement provides a “detailed description” of the application “within the context of planning policies at a local and national level”.

The retail impact assessment and economic statement have been designed to address the impact on town centres and rural areas.

Director Alastair Ness said: “We are pleased to submit further information to support our case for two new Co-op operated convenience stores in Sandwick and Scalloway.

“Our planning statement presents a robust justification for the proposals demonstrating both applications compliance with planning policies at a local and national level as well as other material considerations.

“As for the retail impact assessment and economic statement, it clearly demonstrates that our proposals will not have a discernible impact on the vitality or viability of Lerwick town centre or on the shopping facilities within rural/village areas including Sandwick and Scalloway.

“If consented, our proposals will offer choice to local residents in Scalloway and Sandwick as well as creating around 20 new full and part-time jobs per store, with an overall investment of £2.4 million.”

He also highlighted a commitment to use local a local contractor to carry out the construction of both stores.

Four Co-op supermarkets will occupy Shetland soil, if the two new projects are given the go-ahead.

Concerns have previously been voiced about the potential impact on local retailers and wholesale businesses.


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  • Ali Inkster

    • August 10th, 2021 1:27

    Well here’s a retail impact assessment from someone who actually knows how it will impact our business. It will be the end of a shop in Burra.
    At least one will go from Scalloway and Sandwick. Then the co-op will reduce choice and increase prices just as they have done everywhere else they put local shops out of business

    • Anne Barron

      • August 13th, 2021 12:37

      So sad that this is even being considered and we could lose our favourite local shop

  • Pat Marley

    • August 10th, 2021 7:18

    They could justify building one in Tescos car park with our concillors.
    “Will not have an impact” if tbats the case surely the shops will not be busy enough to make the investment wortwhile.
    Count the staff currently employed by local retail outlets in these areas presently and it will be more than the Co-op will provide.
    Do not sacrifice local businesses.


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