Key details

Residential Development Opportunity / Café Premises, 9 Charlotte Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0JL
very central Lerwick location close to Commercial Street • planning in place for conversion to three flats although use as a cafe still possible • connection to Lerwick District Heating system
Offers over £220,000
Immediate entry is available on conclusion of legal formalities.


Very centrally located building for sale with planning permission already in place for conversion to three, good-sized, residential flats.

The property is situated in the Lerwick conversion area a stone's throw from Commercial Street and all its amenities, the location therefore being ideal for a purchaser looking to create self-catering holiday accommodation.

Planning has been granted for two two bedroom flats, and a third one bedroom flat.

The building has an existing connection to the Lerwick District Heating System.

The building was previously used as café premises and could still used as such, or a change to Class 1A use (shops and financial, professional, and other services) would be permitted.

General Information

9 Charlotte Street, a one and a half storey building, is situated in a great, very central Lerwick location a stone's throw from Commercial Street and all its amenities, the street running between Commercial Street to the east and the Town Hall / Hillhead to the west, the building being situated immediately to the south of the walls of Fort Charlotte in the Lerwick Conservation Area.

Planning permission was granted in 2023 for a change of use to provide three residential flats (Ref: 2023/016/PPF). Full details of the permission and proposed plans can be found on the Council's website at quoting the planning reference.

The proposal would create three flats each with its own separate entrance, with floor areas ranging from 43m² to 100m². The largest unit (2) is a two bedroom flat arranged over two floors also including an open plan lounge / kitchen, bathroom, and separate WC. Units 1 & 3 are both on the ground floor, Unit 1 being a two bedroom flat with lounge, kitchen & bathroom. Unit 2 is a one bedroom flat to the rear of the building, with lounge, kitchen, and shower room. A surveyor's valuation of the proposed value of the three flats in August 2023 was £500,000.

There is also a separate outbuilding, previously a garage, which it is thought could potentially be converted into a laundry / store, ideal for example if the three flats were to be operated as self-catering holiday accommodation.

Central heating is currently provided by the Lerwick District Heating System.

The building was previously used as a café (Class 3) and could still be used for this purpose although the kitchen fittings have since been removed. A change to Class 1A use (shops and financial, professional, and other services) or Class 4 use should be permitted although prospective purchasers considering such a change should satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting the local planning department directly. The property is being sold in its current condition. No warranties will be given in respect of any contents or services.

Planning permission (Ref: 2023/137/TCA) has been granted for to remove a tree to the rear of the property to allow access to one of the proposed flats.

The Rateable Value is currently £9,900 (as a café). Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation.

Current Accommodation

The building currently comprises a large café area with main entrance from the street, the space having plenty of natural light thanks to the 'conservatory' space to the front and additional light filtering through via a large archway which leads through to a further open café space to the right. At the far end a serving counter opens to the 'kitchen' area although most of the fittings have been removed.

At the rear of the building is a separate entrance, toilet facilities, a utility area and store.

A stair off the additional café space leads up to an attic room with access to the large loft space.

Room Sizes (All approximate)

On the Ground Floor:-

Main café space

11.4m (at widest point including conservatory area to front) x 5.75m extending to 7.15m at widest point + 3.4m x 2.95m

Additional café space

10.3m x 3.4m (including stair enclosure)

Kitchen area

5.9m x 3.2m + 4.1m x 2.4m

Walk-in store

2.9m x 1.4m

Rear store / toilet facilities

Overall 3m x 2.85m

On the First Floor:-

Attic room

4.85m x 3.5m (floor area) including stair


Boiler room housing the District Heating unit and hot water tank (not tested), outbuilding formerly used as a garage, and paved patio area to the rear. A small porch links No.9 to No.7 although the access to No.7 is now blocked off. The owners of No.7 have a right to park on the area in front of the outbuilding.

Property location

Charlotte Street runs between Commercial Street to the east and the Hillhead to the west, vehicular access being from the Hillhead end to the left of the Town Hall. No.9 is situated halfway down the street just above the lane leading to Fort Charlotte.

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Important Information for Prospective Purchasers

This schedule is intended only to help you decide whether to view the property. We always recommend you view the property personally.

The information is believed to be correct, but it is not warranted and is not to form part of any contract of sale. All dates, distances, areas and room sizes noted are approximate and for use as a general guide only. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the working condition or otherwise of any equipment such as central heating or kitchen appliances.

This schedule should not be taken as a comment on the condition of the property. This is a matter for your surveyor and we recommend that once you have found a property you are interested in, you obtain a survey report. We can provide details of surveyors if required.

Interested parties are advised to note their interest through their solicitor as soon as possible so that they can be informed if a closing date is fixed. Noting interest does not place any obligation on the seller to set a closing date or to give any noted interests the opportunity to offer. Whilst every effort will be made to advise noted interests of any closing date set, this cannot be guaranteed.

No responsibility will be accepted for expenses incurred by parties who have noted interest but do not get an opportunity to offer, or for any expenses incurred traveling to properties which have been sold or withdrawn.

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Residential Development Opportunity / Café Premises, 9 Charlotte Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0JL

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