The Shetland Space Centre

The UK's Most Northerly Spaceport

Online Consultation Events

Shetland Space Centre is inviting members of the local community to attend a further pre-planning application public consultation event regarding its draft proposals for a vertical launch space port on land at Lamba Ness, Unst.

The event is scheduled to take place online at on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October 2020 between the hours of 4pm to 8pm inclusive each day.

A representative of the prospective applicant and the project’s lead planning consultant will also be available for telephone meetings (half hour slots) on a pre-arranged basis on the above stated dates between the hours of 12 noon to 3pm.

The online consultation event will be attended by the project’s lead planning consultant and members of the environmental impact assessment project team, and a representative of the prospective applicant who will be available to answer questions and provide any additional information or clarification as required. It will be audio based with panelists asking attendees if they would like to ask a question. Please note that the event will be recorded for internal purposes only.

Any persons wishing to arrange a telephone appointment and/or make comments to the prospective applicant prior to the formal submission of the planning application(s) to the Shetland Islands Council may do so by either:


To Join the Event, scroll below and click on the button “Click Here to Join the Event”


(1) visiting the website at;

(2) emailing the applicants at [email protected]; or,

(3) contacting Mr Alan Farningham in writing at Farningham Planning Ltd, 15 Oswald Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2HE or telephone on 07768 952610.


The event has now closed, thank you for attending and submitting feedback on the consultation.

Shetland Space Centre


Need Help Joining The Event?

If you are having trouble joining the virtual public consultation, please click the “Help Me” Button below to follow the step by step guide.

If you are still unable to connect after following the “Help Me” guide, please contact us using the information below.

Get Setup Before the Event

Shetland Space Centre is using Microsoft Teams for the online public consultations. To join the event, you can download the application or join via your web browser. Once you join the event, please make sure to mute your microphone and disable your webcam. If you would like to ask a question, unmute and speak with the presenters.

Join the Event by Phone

For joining the event by phone,

please dial the contact number below and use the conference ID listed to join the event.

Phone No: +44 (0) 20 3443 9667

Conference ID: 448 714 08#

The Proposed Development – An Opportunity to Comment

This further public consultation event has been arranged to provide a forum for the general public and any other interested parties to make comments in respect of Shetland Space Centre’s proposals at Lamba Ness, Unst prior to the formal submission of an application for planning permission to Shetland Islands Council.

As promised to the local community at the consultation event held in May 2020, this further event will provide an opportunity for interested parties to ask more specific questions on the potential impacts of the development and appropriate mitigation where required, following conclusion of the Environmental Impact Assessment process, the outcome of which was not known at the time of the event in May.

In addition to the proposals at Lamba Ness, the applicants intend to simultaneously submit two further planning applications for the following:

  • A launch and range control centre at the former brewery building, Saxa Vord
  • A new section of access road at Northdale

The applicant also intends to make use of the existing fuel storage facilities at Baltasound Airport.

Local views, ideas and knowledge are important to help develop the proposals and the general public is encouraged to contribute to the process by giving their comments to the applicant via the methods outlined below.

Please note, comments made to the prospective applicant do not constitute representations to the Planning Authority.  A further opportunity to make representations to the Shetland Islands Council will be available following formal submission of the planning application(s).

The Location

The Site Layout

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Launch Pad Design

Get In Touch

We understand that due to the current COVID-19 crisis, and internet connectivity constraints some may have, alternative methods of contact are required. To support those who are unable to attend the online consultation event, three other contact options are provided below.

Telephone appointments (half hour slots) will be available from 12 noon to 3pm Tuesday to Thursday for any Unst residents who are unable to attend the virtual consultation due to connectivity constraints. These can be arranged through the “Book an Appointment” link below.


Phone Consultation Appointments

If you are unable to attend one of the planned virtual consultation event due to current circumstances or connectivity issues, please click the button below.

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Online Questionnaire

For those who are unable to attend the online virtual consultation event scheduled but would like to still take part, please click the button below to complete an online questionnaire.

How Do I Record My Comments?

  • At the online consultation event at on Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th October 2020 inclusive;
  • By completing the online questionnaire accessible via the same website;
  • By email to [email protected]; or,
  • By completing the attached questionnaire and returning it to Mr Alan Farningham at Farningham Planning Ltd, 15 Oswald Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2HE.

Please return your comments by Friday 6th November 2020 at the latest.

Click the button below to download the Exhibition Leaflet

Click the button below to download the postal Feedback Form

The Next Steps

  • Following conclusion of the further public consultation event, comments given either orally or made in writing will be comprehensively assessed and reviewed. The comments made previously in May will also be included within this assessment process. Once reviewed, these comments will be included in a Pre-Planning Application Public Consultation Report which will accompany the application(s) for planning permission to be submitted to the Shetland Islands Council.  Such a document is a statutory requirement of the planning application process.
  • The planning application(s) will be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) which has been prepared covering the following:


Natural Heritage (including Birds)

Landscape and Visual Impacts

Noise and Vibration


Aviation and Telecoms

Historic Environment (including Archaeology)

Transport and Access

Health and Safety


Marine Environment

  • Once complete, the EIAR and associated Appendices will be submitted with the planning application(s) and the Pre-Planning Application Public Consultation Report to the Shetland Islands Council in November 2020 for consideration.