New Place Plan approved for Scalloway

Scalloway waterfront.
Scalloway waterfront. Credit: SIC

An innovative new plan which looks at how Scalloway might develop in the future has been approved by Shetland Islands Council.

The Scalloway Place Plan will provide non-statutory guidance for the local authority to use when looking at planning applications, and has already contributed to a number of improvements for the village.

The Scalloway Local Place Plan was created after extensive consultation with the community. This involved various forms of engagement and workshops, coordinated by the Council’s Planning and Community Planning and Development Services, working closely alongside Scalloway Community Council. This work resulted in a comprehensive Vision and Action Plan, with work already underway on a number of projects, including the demolition of the old youth centre – something which had emerged as the number one priority for the community.

Only a handful of Local Place Plans have been produced in Scotland so far, the majority being part funded through the Scottish Government’s Making Places Initiative.

Councillor Alastair Cooper is Chair of the Council’s Development Committee: “This is a tremendous project, and one which was really led by the local community. Apart from the obvious benefits of involving folk who live in Scalloway in considering its future, it gives Planning staff a framework which they can use when they’re looking at new planning policy and applications.

“I’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved in putting this innovative project together, and particularly the people in Scalloway who really seized this opportunity to contribute to the plan which sets out how their community will develop.”

You can find the Scalloway Place Plan, as well as the Vision and Action Plan, online here:
www.shetland.gov.uk/planning/recreatescalloway.asp

Published: 11th September 2020