Orkney contractor submits plans for 97-home development

ORKNEY Builders (Contractors) has submitted plans to build 97 properties at Walliwall on the outskirts of Kirkwall.

If given the green light, work could begin early in the new year.

Plans for the first phase comprise of 28 houses for the local affordable rented market, with phase two set to create 42 houses aimed at Help to Buy owners, in a development similar to Orkney Builders’ Grainbank area. The final phase will include a mix of two and three-bedroom homes, catering for a range of local housing needs.

Stephen Kemp, MD of Orkney Builders (Contractors), said, “This is an exciting and ambitious project for us, following a model of development very similar to what we successfully delivered for the Grainbank area of Kirkwall and offering a mix of ownership options for local folk. Of course, the timing for the development is dependent on the green light from Orkney Islands Council, but we’re geared up for getting things underway as soon as possible and ideally early in 2021.”

The firm is currently building 16 new homes at Cairston Road in Stromness, with plans for further affordable and key worker/student housing developments in the town.

Mr Kemp added, “Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the challenges faced by our community over the past year, the demand for efficient, high quality and affordable homes hasn’t gone away. It’s therefore vitally important that we maintain momentum locally to ensure those needs are properly met and we must also consider the key part new housing will play in longer term economic recovery efforts for the islands.”