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Planning consultancy Barton Willmore has been appointed to support the development of two new harbour facilities in Stornoway.


The Edinburgh based firm has been commissioned by Stornoway Port Authority to support its ambitious plans to regenerate the harbour area.


The proposed development involves the creation of a deep-water port by Arnish to capitalise on the growing number of cruise liners to the island as well as a new freight ferry berth.


A new marina at Newton will meet the increased demand for yacht berths.


Barton Willmore will be responsible for driving forward a consenting strategy, which includes securing the necessary planning consents and marine licences and as well as overseeing a consultation programme with local residents and businesses.


Planning Director for Barton Willmore in Scotland, Colin Lavety, said: “We are thrilled to be playing a key role in regeneration projects of this scale, which are vital to growing Stornoway’s economy and will have a significant positive impact on the Hebrides.


“We have extensive ports and harbour experience, including securing the necessary planning consent for the new Aberdeen Harbour Expansion at Bay of Nigg.


“Our appointment to work for Stornoway Port Authority is a natural progression from this work and demonstrates the diversity of our service offer.”


Stornoway Port Authority chief executive, Alex MacLeod, said: “The appointment of Barton Willmore will help to realise these bold and ambitious developments.


“We’re extremely excited to work alongside their expert team who can help us plan these projects further, and manage a thorough engagement programme with the local community who will ultimately benefit from the projects for decades to come.”


On course for major harbour regeneration in Stornoway

20 February 2018