Saxavord Spaceport in Shetland’s Outer Isles to Be Given Go-Ahead by SIC21st Mar 2022
Team members at the SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland’s outer isles are delighted with an island council decision to approve plans to build the Shetland Space Centre. The Shetland Isles Council (SIC) reached this decision after all objections to the site by external bodies and consultees were withdrawn. This means that applications for the development of the SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland’s outer island of Unst can now be put before the council’s planning department and the Scottish government. The Scottish government is due to review the application for planning permission and return an answer within 28 days.
SIC Sees Great Potential for Scotland Space Sector in Shetland Spaceport Plans
Chief Executive for the Shetland Isles Council, Maggie Sandison, has expressed her hopes that the Shetland Space Centre will provide opportunities for the isles in terms of jobs and industry. Discussing the SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland’s outer isles, Sandison also spoke of her hopes that the space centre would encourage further infrastructure development. For instance, plans have been proposed for a tunnel that would connect Unst to the mainland. Shetland Isles councillors also hope that the space centre will create jobs and encourage young people to stay on Shetland or to move to Shetland from other parts of Scotland.
CEO of Shetland Spaceport Welcomes Planning Announcement
The CEO of the SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland’s outer isles, Frank Strang, is delighted that SIC has given the space centre the go-ahead. The council is due to pass on their official approval for the development site in the next few days. The SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland’s outer isles will be based at Lamba Ness on Unst and will be home to a vertical launch pad.