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Up to 20 houses could be built on the former site of the Moorfield Hotel

The owners of the former Moorfield Hotel site in Brae have inquired about the viability of building 20 houses on the land.

BDL Hotels manager Stewart Campbell said they were “open to any ideas” for the site, but were unlikely to be a hotel again.

It’s likely to be a residential site, said Campbell, which could instead host “a big, big house” or 20 townhouses.

BDL conducted a pre-development survey with Scottish Water on the effect that building 20 houses on the site would have on the water system.

The Hjaltland Housing Association has expressed interest in building houses on the site, according to Mr Campbell – but he said it would only be “in two or three years”, due to Hjaltland’s emphasis on Staney Hill housing development in Lerwick.

When asked if Hjaltland was interested in acquiring the Moorfield site, managing director Bryan Leask simply replied, “Not at this time”.

Mr Campbell said BDL Hotels had “tried to get a quick sale a few months ago” but now was “in no rush to do anything” with it.