Key details

Site 20, Bridge End, Burra, ZE2 9LD
Under offer


Substantial house site estimated to extend to around 0.6 acres or thereby (0.245 hectares) at Bridge End on the island of Burra which is linked to mainland Shetland by a fixed bridge via the neighbouring Island of Trondra, the location putting the site within easy commuting distance of Lerwick about 10 miles away.

Outline planning permission for the erection of two semi-detached houses was granted in 2017 although it may be possible to vary the consent to a single house, or perhaps even two houses given the extent of the site although this would be subject to revised planning permission being granted.

The size of the site which slopes gently from south to north, allows for a substantial garden area, space for a polytunnel etc, and also views north-westwards towards the sea in the distance.

The site is served by a shared private access road which is already in place and connections for the main services are understood to be easily accessible.

General Information

The site is situated on the island of Burra which is connected to mainland Shetland by fixed bridge links via the neighbouring island of Trondra. In fact Burra is usually thought of as being two islands, West Burra and the less populated East Burra, although they are actually linked by a causeway.

Site 20 is located at Bridge End roughly in the middle of West Burra, a couple of miles south of Burra's main population centre at Hamnavoe, the location of the island's amenities, where you will find a primary school, shop & post office, public hall & marina. There is also a garage with fuel pumps by the bridge over from Trondra, whilst further amenities can be found at Scalloway about 6 miles to the north, where there is further local shopping, another school and also a public swimming pool, although Lerwick, about 11 miles away, is still within easy driving distance or buses run from a stop close by the site.

Bridge End also has a marina where there is an outdoor centre with camping area, and there are several fine beaches on the island including Meal beach a couple of miles to the north, and Banna Minn to the south.

Planning Permission

Outline planning permission for the erection of two semi-detached houses was granted on 2 November 2017, Reference 2017/066. Details of the permission can be found on Shetland Island Council's own website at:-

It may be possible to vary the consent, e.g. a single dwelling house, or given the large size of the site, potential two houses, although prospective purchasers should consult the local planning department for further advice in this regard.

The purchaser would be responsible for complying with the terms of the planning permission.


The site has already been decrofted. Mains services are understood to run on or close by the site therefore providing service connections should be relatively straightforward although purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting the various service providers directly. The cost of service connections will be the responsibility of the purchaser. Maintenance of the private access road is shared.

Property location

To reach the site drive to Bridge End on West Burra. Turn right at the War Memorial to Papil & Bannaminn, and continue along the road past the telephone box & bus stop to a church on the left. Just past the church take the first turning right, cross the cattle grid, and site 20 is immediately ahead of you on the corner of the access road to the right.


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.

Again thank you for your assistance so far, I couldn’t have asked for better giving the country wide situation so I’m very grateful for works done so far and the speed at which it has happened.
Russell Smith
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Site 20, Bridge End, Burra, ZE2 9LD