Neighborhood council hears parking concern over Lerwick home plans

PLANS to construct a brand new home in Lerwick have drawn considerations over the additional strain it may doubtlessly placed on parking availability in an already busy space.

An software for a small single storey, two-bedroom home on land behind the Congregational Church at Clairmont Place was mentioned at a gathering of Lerwick Neighborhood Council on Monday.

The applicant, who at the moment resides at a home subsequent to the location, is eager to offer extra lodging for family and friends, with potential rental sooner or later. Entry can be for pedestrians solely by way of an present path.

The event – positioned in a conservation space – already has planning permission in precept, and within the earlier software the council’s roads division accepted the concept of a dwelling there and that major parking can be outdoors of the boundaries of the location. It might have timber cladding and a flat roof.

However individuals who reside within the space expressed concern to planners over the additional demand it may carry to parking within the space, comparable to Ronald Avenue and Rechabite Place.

An area resident advised Monday’s group council assembly: “I simply needed to emphasize about the truth that parking is such an enormous subject.”

There was additionally concern expressed concerning the impression building may have on the encompassing space as a result of enclosed location of the location, notably as entry is thru a path.

Lerwick South councillor Neil Pearson mentioned in his brief time as an elected member he has already heard from constituents a number of occasions on the final subject of parking within the space.

This included an occasion the place aged/disabled residents couldn’t get parked at night time.

Neighborhood councillor Stewart Hay additionally mentioned he has been approached by a constituent – a uncommon incidence, he added – on parking within the space and mentioned the problem was “extreme”.

“I feel the matter of parking in a really confined place may have implications for parking and entry and can, I feel, enhance the pressures on an already pressurised space of the city,” he mentioned.

In submissions for the planning in precept software the council’s roads division additionally acknowledged the parking pressures within the space.

In a press release to planners the applicant mentioned that “it has been demonstrated that parking is offered for the event”, in compliance with the Shetland native improvement plan.

Lerwick Neighborhood Council agreed to relay the considerations raised at Monday’s assembly to Shetland Islands Council’s planning division.

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