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.